The First Trailer For the Live Action 'Lion King' Is Familiar In All the Best Ways

Our first taste of a remake that features Seth Rogen, Beyoncé, and Donald Glover.
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Happy April! The sun is shining, the weather is getting increasingly nicer, and there are 100 days until the "live-action" remake of The Lion King hits theaters. The best way to celebrate is, naturally, with a new trailer. Does it matter that after several sneak peeks, it appears that this new iteration is just a shot-for-shot remake of the animated original? Does it matter that this is not actually "live-action," but rather a very realistic-looking CGI movie? Absolutely not, unless you’re evil or broken, in which case get the hell off of Pride Rock. Simba fans only.

This new trailer gives a more realistic-looking take on some of the original animated film’s most memorable scenes—including Rafiki’s lion art and the growing up montage with Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba. Oh, and speaking of Timon and Pumbaa, we're also treated to a first listen of what Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen sound like together, and it’s not disappointing.

Set for a July 19 release, The Lion King is the third of four "live-action" remakes of Disney classics this year alone. But this one has the best cast of all of these by far. Along with James Earl Jones reprising his 1994 role as Mufasa, Donald Glover leads the cast as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor voices Scar, Alfre Woodard is Sarabi, John Oliver will be Zazu, Seth Rogen plays Pumbaa, Billy Eichner plays Timon, and of course, Beyoncé will be filling the role of Nala. And that's still leaving out minor roles filled by the likes of Keegan-Michael Key and Amy Sedaris.


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