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The Lion King: watch the first trailer for the live action adaptation

The first trailer has been revealed for the upcoming live action version of The Lion King.

Pretty much shot-for-shot matching the 1994 animated classic, the trailer gives you a look at Simba as he’s introduced to the world. It’s very cute and we’d be lying if we didn’t admit we’d watched it on repeat for the last hour or so…

The voice cast for the film includes Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls, Lemonade visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Field of Dreams) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from the original.

Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave, Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange) portrays Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard (Juanita, Marvel’s Luke Cage) portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. JD McCrary (OWN’s Tyler Perry’s The Paynes, Apple’s Vital Signs) fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (NBC’s Hairspray Live, Broadway’s The Lion King) brings tough cub Young Nala to life.

The cast is rounded out by John Kani (Coriolanus, Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War) as the wise baboon Rafiki, John Oliver (HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) as hornbill Zazu, Mufasa’s loyal confidant, Seth Rogen (Sausage Party, Neighbors) as naïve warthog Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street, FX’s American Horror Story) as know-it-all meerkat Timon.

Take a look at the one-sheet poster for The Lion King below:

The Lion King
Credit: Disney

The Lion King is released in UK cinemas in July 2019.

Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Piñata Media.

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