Disney’s Live-Action ‘The Lion King’ Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

The Lion KingDisney’s live-action The Lion King remake from Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau has a release date: July 19, 2019.

Donald Glover is on board to star as Simba, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa, who he voiced in the original 1994 animated movie. The project is being written by Jeff Nathanson, the writer behind this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and several Steven Spielberg movies such as Catch Me If You Can.

Recently, Beyonce was revealed to be Favreau’s top choice for the role of Nala. The project is expected to begin production sometime this summer in Los Angeles, the same place the director shot 2016’s The Jungle Book.

Other live-action projects currently in development from the studio include Niki Caro’s Mulan and Tim Burton’s Dumbo.

What do you guys think? Are you excited for Favreau’s take on The Lion King? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.

The Walt Disney Animation Library, Ranked From Worst To Best

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Disney Disney had made an unconventional “franchise” out of remaking its animated classics as live-action blockbusters. Combined with their Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stables, it has ensured the company’s continued domination in the film sphere. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were at the forefront of that charge the last few years. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (our review here), now is a great time to look back at Disney’s amazing animated catalog and how they stack up against each other.

Disney has had a lot of animated films released theatrically or direct-to-video, sometimes in collaboration with other studios. This list specifically focuses on those from the Walt Disney Animation department, so sorry Brave Little Toaster fans, of which I’m one. No Pixar flicks either, but fans of that studio are in luck, as we ranked their films last summer. You can check that list out below.

I haven’t seen Saludos Amigos, Make Music Mine, Song of the South, Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, & The Three Caballeros, hence their exclusionNaturally, we’ll most likely disagree about the specific ordering. Let’s think of it as a conversation starter. I’d love to hear what you guys think in the comments!

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.