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‘The Lion King’: Cast, Plot, Release Date, Trailer, News

July 16, 2018
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‘The Lion King’ is an upcoming American musical drama film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and written by Jeff Nathanson. It is the remake of Disney’s 1994 animated film of the same name.

‘The Lion King’ Cast

The film will have voice overs from artists : Donald Glover as Simba, JD McCrary as young Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Shahadi Wright Joseph as young Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Eric Andre as Azizi, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari.

‘The Lion King’ Plot

The 1994 film had followed Simba (Donald Glover), a young lion and heir to the throne of the Pride Lands over which his family reigned. After his father, Mufasa (Earl Jones), is killed by the power-hungry Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Simba grows up away from his family before returning to avenge the death of his father.

Following the lead of ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Lion King’ is being created using “virtual production,” or a mix of CGI and live-action techniques. So far it is expected that there will be no human characters in the film.

Legato told THR of ‘The Lion King’, “We are going to use a lot of virtual reality tools so it feels akin to what you are looking at [if you were on a real set]. You can walk around the set like a cameraman. [Wearing VR headsets] the actors can now walk into a scene and see the other actors and trees … and because you are in 3D, you get a realistic sense [of the environment]. That’s what we are incorporating in the next version of this.”

The studio’s investment in motion-capture and blue-screen technology for many of its live-action remakes — including Dumbo and Aladdin — may indicate a trend of filmmakers leaning into more advanced CGI techniques.

‘The Lion King’ Release Date

‘The Lion King’ is scheduled to be released on July 19, 2019, which marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the original film. Production on the film commenced in the summer of 2017, on a blue screen stage in Los Angeles, California.

‘The Lion King’ Trailer

We will update this section as soon as a trailer is released.

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