Ever since it was announced, there has been a mixture of anticipation surrounding Jungle Book director Jon Favreau’s updated version of The Lion King. Could his CG critter-driven version live up to the legacy of the original? From the first footage, he’s certainly brought an impressive visual palette.
There are several touchstones from the original – mostly notably narration from James Earl Jones’ Mufasa (because only the original Mufasa will suffice) and the call for the animals to meet the new young ‘un Simba.
There is a lot at stake here, but this initial look promises a lot of confidence.
The voice cast includes Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyonce, Billy Eichner and John Oliver. The Lion King will be out on 19 July 2019.