‘The Lion King’ Character Posters and TV Spot Offer New Looks at the Ensemble

     May 30, 2019

Disney has released a series of character posters for the highly anticipated new film The Lion King. The movie is, of course, based on the iconic 1994 Disney animated film, but this time around director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, Iron Man) is utilizing cutting-edge technology to present a world full of photoreal characters. That means the African animals that populate the film are all made to look completely real, to the point that you’d be forgiven for mistaking this for a “live-action remake” even though it’s mostly animated.

The screenplay by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) is expected to cover the major beats of the previous film, albeit with new twists here and there. Hans Zimmer returns to compose the score, and some of the iconic songs from the original will return, but it’ll be fun to see what new surprises await.

For an even closer look at the cast of characters, peruse through the posters below the new TV spot, and click here for a full rundown of Disney’s upcoming live-action remakes. The voice cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, and John Oliver as Zazu. The Lion King opens in theaters on July 19th.

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