By Creative Media Times
The King has returned.
Disney dropped the first trailer for “The Lion King,” the much-anticipated live action remake of its beloved 1994 film of the same name.
The teaser features a stunning Serengeti wildlife and the popular image of Rafiki hoisting Simba above the rock, while part of the song Circle of Life plays in the background. The teaser debuted on during a commercial break on the Thanksgiving NFL game.
The film is the latest film transferred from traditional animation to CGI and is directed b Jon Favreau, who previously successfully remake “The Jungle Book” in 2016. That film went on to gross almost $1 billion and Best Achievement in Visual Effects at the 2016 Oscars.
The film will see James Earl Jones reprise his role as Mufasa. It is also set to feature the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
The original 1994 animated musical fantasy was a global hit, grossing $766 million at the global boxoffice and was later a adapted into a hit Broadway musical.
The upcoming version is said to include popular songs from that 1994 film, including the Oscar-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” which was written by Elton John and Tim Rice.
The Lion King is set for release next summer on July 19, 2019.