Monday, 25 September, 2017

First Footage of Live Action Lion King Perfectly Captures the Animated Classic

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Frank Williams | 17 July, 2017, 18:43

Disney also teased its live action remake of its animated classic Dumbo, which has been given a March 29, 2019 release date.

Director Jon Favreau debuted footage from the new film at the D23 expo, and Jackman's absence put a nail in the coffin for some.

And just like the Jungle Book, it all looks very, very real. Then as famously portrayed in the movie and on posters worldwide, Rafiki takes to the tip of the rock and holds Simba up high for the Pride Lands to see.

James Earl Jones at the 2017 Tony Awards
James Earl Jones at the 2017 Tony Awards

Another rumored voice for The Lion King is none other than Beyonce, for the role of Nala.

Jackman certainly has the ferocity to play Scar, and will bring his many talents to the character. Mufasa will be voiced yet again by the one and only James Earl Jones, who could simply not be replaced. Famous comedian and host of HBO's Last Week Tonight show John Oliver is the hornbill Zazu, and the last is Wolverine star Hugh Jackman as the villain, Scar. Not only that, Jackman is an accomplished singer and has a soft spot for musicals - so signing on to The Lion King, which will no doubt feature some of the music from the original, seems right up his alley. He replaces original voice Jeremy Irons. With Disney's live-action panel at D23 set to begin any moment, this could be confirmed very quickly. The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie and now has no release date.

All of this is necessary set up when describing what we saw from The Lion King, because - even with the not fully polished footage we saw at D23 Expo - this new project absolutely follows in the footsteps of The Jungle Book's incredible recreation of these animal characters.

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