It feels like we’ve been reporting on the “live-action” Lion King remake for forever. There’s been exciting casting news, several trailers, as well as a few clips, to get people excited. Not that Disney needed to try that hard. The 25 year old original has a massive following, who are likely to turn up in droves, on opening day. Just in case there’s a few stragglers, there’s a new TV spot, featuring one of the more popular songs from the film. Take a look.
Even though he’s a holdover, there’s something reassuring about hearing James Earl Jones’ booming voice as Mufasa. It’ll always be effective and never get old. Some things you just don’t dare change. It also helps when you then have the likes of Donald Glover and Beyoncé to sing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” If that little snippet is a taste of what this remake has up its sleeve, everyone is in for a treat.
Here’s the lengthy official synopsis, should that be your jam:
“Disney’s “The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. Staying true to the classic story, Favreau utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring the iconic characters to the big screen in a whole new way.”
What did you all think of the TV spot? Did you swoon over the melodic pairing, for the song? Are you at all wary of the photorealistic talking animals? What song are you most excited to hear a new rendition of? Share your thoughts down in the comments. With the voice talents of Beyoncé, Glover, Seth Rogen, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keegan-Michael Key, Billy Eichner and Amy Sedaris, there’s someone here for everyone. Be sure to make the trek back to Pride Rock, when Jon Favreau’s The Lion King hits theaters, on July 19, 2019.