Disney has released the first trailer for director Jon Favreau‘s The Lion King, the big-screen re-imagining of the 1994 animated masterpiece. The film—which, like Favreau’s The Jungle Book, was created using a mix of CGI and live-action techniques—boasts an all-star voice cast that includes Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Beyonce Knowles Carter, Eric Andre, and Billy Eichner.
Here’s what the synopsis looks like: “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. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, “The Lion King” roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.”
The Lion King—which also stars Alfre Woodard, James Earl Jones, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and John Kani—hits theaters on July 19, 2019.