Rebooting or remaking a film as popular as The Lion King was always going to be tricky, even in the hands of Disney. And even though the first trailers show that the film is basically a scene-for-scene recreation of the classic 1994 animated adventure, seeing a real-life Simba, Rafiki and Mufasa still does feel a little strange. That said, it’s incredibly beautiful too.
The original animated The Lion King was a smashing success, raking in $766 million worldwide at the box office to become the highest-grossing animated feature of all time. And even though you’ll probably end the trailer wondering why this film is really necessary, you can’t help but get nostalgic as James Earl Jones narrates the words of Mufasa again.
From Disney Live Action, 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.