We will probably never forgive Disney’s ambition for the live-action versions of the “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin” classics that have become a total aesthetic (we do not comment on the financial parameters) failures, but … “The Jungle Book” was something different. That is why we look forward to the result of Jon Favreau’s efforts to please the ongoing mania towards animation gems from the end of the last century. In his case, however, it’s about the long-awaited live-action “The Lion King” and his characters will “look as alive,” but we’ve already seen what CGI specialists can do in recent years, and we could be pleasantly surprised from the degree of perfect “rendering” of the fur and mane of the grown-up Simba …
Without further ado, we suggest you to see the new excerpt from the growing advertising campaign of the film, as well as a large number of posters of different characters. We will continue to grumble about the casting of Scarr’s voice actor – how could they hire the glamorous James Earl Jones but they could not wait to call Jeremy Irons’ agent more persistantly… But the facts are there – it’s showtime, folks!
Disney will not let go a million-dollar franchise out of their clutches – we believe that they will invest a bit more than extra care for the distribution of the new “Lion King”. For the unfortunate souls who have not seen animated version when they were kids (with over $ 950 million worldwide revenue, two Oscasr for music, because of which a super-successful Broadway musical was created that is on stage in New York and London for more than 20 years now), we recall the tale:
The little cub Simba is trained by his father, King Mufasa, to take over the African lands after his death. His envious Uncle Scar manages to think of a situation where he can kill his brother Mufasa, drive out the rightful heir, and conquer the lion lands. Years later, Simba is back, grown up and has understood the truth about Scar and his hyenas, thanks to his childhood love, the lioness Nala, and along with his eternally carefree teenage friends Timon and Pumba, he defeats Scar and takes the throne – and the responsibilities of his father to govern the savanna as a just and wise ruler.
Here are the posters:
In addition to the great James Earl Jones, who once again gave his voice to King Mufasa, Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King” will also star Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Queen Sarabi, Simba’s mother, John Oliver as Zuzu, Mufassa’s adjutant, and Simba’s “teacher”, John Kani as the priest Raffiki, Florence Kasumba as Shenzhen, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba.
“The Lion King” will appear on cinema on July 19, 2019 – and “I just can not wait to be king”!