Picture it (in my best Sophia from the Golden Girls voice) . . Millions of Thanksgiving family celebrations . . . Millions of kids who loved the original Lion King are now adults with their own kids – home with Mom and Dad . . . they hear the familiarity of James Earl Jones’ steady narration as he reprises his role as Mufasa . . . Millions of kid like adults singing songs from the Lion King – It gave me all the happy feels.
This trailer is definitely a comforting blanket of warm and fuzzy feelings when you watch the the legendary opening scene we all have come to love – when Rafiki the baboon presents the future king cub to his people.
It gave me chills!
The release of this trailer by Disney tells us that the live action Lion King will keep true to the original. The plot will most likely remain unchanged. A baby lion cub named Simba is born to King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi, who rule over the Pride Lands of Africa from Pride Rock. Simba is being trained to take over his father’s kingship when Mufasa passes. His jealous uncle, Scar, covets the kingdom for himself. Scar convinces young Simba he is to blame for his father’s death and urges him to flee. Simba does so, and Scar becomes king, with three obnoxious hyenas as his henchmen.
The Lion King will hit theaters July 19, 2019 – 25 years after the original animated feature’s release.
Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King will be fabulous! Look what he did with The Jungle Book!
The cast includes Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, while JD McCrary voices Young Simba. Let’s not forget (how could we?) James Earl Jones.
Elton John will also return to remaster music from the original film along with collaborator Tim Rice. Four of the original songs from the original: ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’, ‘Hakuna Matata’, ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ and ‘Circle of Life’ should definitely make it into this live action movie.
So many new releases will all be coming around the same time – Dumbo, Aladdin, Toy Story 4 and The Lion King will all be released in summer 2019.
Don’t forget Mary Poppins Returns coming next month!