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The First Trailer for the New Live-Action Version of 'The Lion King' Will Have You Feeling the Love Tonight

Especially as Donald Glover and Beyoncé are voicing Simba and Nala.
By Sarah Ward
November 23, 2018
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The First Trailer for the New Live-Action Version of 'The Lion King' Will Have You Feeling the Love Tonight

Especially as Donald Glover and Beyoncé are voicing Simba and Nala.
By Sarah Ward
November 23, 2018
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Nineties kids, Disney fans and everyone who's ever cried over a lion cub that just couldn't wait to be king, it's time to climb onto a rock and yell your lungs out. The circle of life has struck again, and The Lion King is back. It's in live-action form this time around, and the first teaser trailer for the new movie has just dropped.

Releasing in mid-2019, the film will once again tell the tale of Simba, who's set to take over the pride from his father Mufasa, only for his malicious uncle Scar to get in the way. You know where it goes from there — and while you're watching extremely life-like lions prowl around Africa, you'll be hearing the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, none other than Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as his childhood pal Nala, and James Earl Jones as his dad. Yes, the latter is reprising his role from the original film.

Other big names attached include Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa. Elton John is back working on the soundtrack with Tim Rice, as they both did on the first film. They'll reportedly have some help from Beyoncé, naturally, while The Jungle Book's Jon Favreau is in the director's chair for the entire production.

If you're anxious about how it might turn out, it's worth taking Timon and Pumbaa's advice at this early stage — although this initial look should help get rid of your worries for the rest of your days.

The Lion King hits Australian cinemas on July 18, 2019. Feel the love for the first trailer below:

Published on November 23, 2018 by Sarah Ward

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