Here is Everything We Know About The Lion King Remake So Far!

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The Lion King remake

We cannot wait for the remake of The Lion King to hit theaters next year.  Here is everything we know about The Lion King remake so far!

The film is directed by Jon Favreau. Writer of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jeff Nathanson, wrote the scrict and Brenda Chapman is credited with the story while the characters are credited to Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. Producing the film is Favreau along with Jeffrey Silver and Karen Gilchrist.

The voice cast is STAR STUDDED! Simba is played by Donald Glover while Beyonce voices the character of Nala. James Earl Jones once again voices Mufasa, the same role he had in the 1994 Disney animated version. Billy Eichner and Seth Rogan play Timon and Pumbaa respectively. The role of Zazu is voiced by John Oliver and Rafiki by John Kani. Chiwetel Ejiofor will bring the villainous Scar to life with Eric Andre, Florence Kasumba and Keegan-Michael Key taking on the roles of his hyena henchmen. Alfre Woodard plays Sarabi, Simba’s mother and JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright-Joseph lend their voices to the roles of Young Simba and Nala.

While little has been said about the plot and Disney has yet to release any footage to the public, the opening scene was previewed at D23 last summer and it is very reminiscent of the animated version.

The remake of The Lion King is being created using “virtual production,” or a mix of CGI and live-action techniques. While there don’t appear to be any human characters in it, it is not necessarily considered an animated film.  Favreau directed it very much like it were live-action.

The movie, like it’s animated predecessor is set in Africa, but filming took place in Los Angeles.

Only four of the original songs made it into this version:  “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Hakuna Matata,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and “Circle of Life.” Although Elton John and Tim Rice did compose a new a song for the film, in collaboration with Beyonce.

The Lion King is set to ROAR into theaters on July 19, 2019!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Photo Credit: Disney


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