Disney has officially introduced the full cast for its upcoming movie, with Beyoncé as its latest addition - and this might be the most star-studded production we've seen in a while. While Redbone singer, Donald Grover, is set to voice Simba, Beyoncé will take on the role of his childhood friend and romantic interest, Nala.
In September, during the Disney D23 Expo in Cali, we've had the privilege of seeing a sneak peek of the 'Circle of Life' sequence and it is so adorable it may BREAK US ALL.
No, but really. Watching Simba being held up by Rafiki to greet his kingdom was too much.
Director John Favreau showed the footage to the crowd at and it is *amazing*. You'll recognise every beat of it, but the animals look, well – real. The Lion King has a scheduled release date of July 19 2019.
“This is a story that belongs to everyone who grew up with the original film,” he said. “I wanted to demonstrate that we could be respectful of the source material while bringing it to life using new techniques and technologies. We wanted to do something special for the D23 Expo audience and give them a first look at what we’re up to.”
The 1994 classic was one of Disney's biggest animated films - and one of the most lucrative as well, raising nearly $969 million since its release.
The Lion King also made its stage debut in 1997 and is considered one of Broadway's most successful productions, winning six Tony Awards and taking more than six billion dollars in ticket sales.
Favreau produced 2015's The Jungle Book which made $965.8m (£743m) worldwide and is rumoured to have sequel on its way.
If Disney's recent reinterpretations of their classics - looking at you Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella - are anything to go by, we reckon The Lion King is going to be pretty damn epic.
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