During Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, those tuning in were treated to a special look at Disney’s upcoming “live-action” reimagining of The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book). Young Simba, Rafiki and a host of incredibly convincing digital creatures brought to life with pioneering new film techniques feature in the spot, which you can watch below. The Lion King roars into theaters on July 19.
Synopsis: Director Jon Favreau’s all-new The Lion King 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.
The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.