Disney has released a new The Lion King TV spot that offers fans their first look at Donald Glover’s Simba and John Kani’s Rafiki speaking.
Disney’s line-up of live-action remakes of their animated classics continues next month with The Lion King, which features an all-star cast that includes Donald Glover as adult Simba and John Kani as Rafiki. Of course, with the original animated film being regarded as one of the crowning achievements of the Disney Renaissance era, fans have high expectations of this reimagining.
Now, Disney has released a new TV spot for The Lion King featuring the first footage of Donald Glover’s Simba and John Kani’s Rafiki speaking. The scene featured in the TV spot appears to be a reimagined version of the sequence from the original film in which Rafiki tries to remind Simba of his heritage.
Check out the TV spot below to hear Donald Glover’s Simba and John Kani’s Rafiki!
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Here is the synopsis for The Lion King:
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.
Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King features the voices talents of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
The Lion King opens in theaters on July 19, 2019.