The Lion King (2019) Trailer Review

Disney has released the first official teaser trailer of its upcoming CGI-extravaganza, The Lion King (2019), –a remake of the original 1994 film

The Lion King (2019) Trailer Review

Releasing July 19, 2019.

Disney has dropped the first official teaser trailer for the 2019 CGI-epic, The Lion King – a much-talked-about remake of the original film from 1994 – and, guess what, Scar (Mufasa’s younger brother and Simba’s uncle) is missing from it.

Of course, Scar’s voice Chiwetel Ejior does feature in the credits, but you don’t get to hear him in the trailer.

There’s a ton of speculations flying around, though, and they are not just restricted to Scar, but more on that in a bit.

The trailer begins with the dawn of a new day – a new sun rising above the African horizon – which, as you come to know in a few seconds into the teaser, is symbolic of the initiation of Simba – son of Mufasa the original Lion King of the Pride Lands – the heir apparent.

After a couple of glimpses of a pretty realistic-looking CGI re-creation of the African landscape, you get to hear the unmistakable voice of James Earl Jones’ telling his son he would one day have to carry his legacy forward.

“Everything the light touches is our kingdom, but a king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day the sun will set on my time here and will rise with you as the new king.”

The stampede follows and the next shot is of Rafiki holding Baby Simba aloft from the familiar Pride Rock as the subjects bow in obeisance to their new king.

Then, the trailer ends – just like that – giving nothing away about the film.
So, speculations are what we have for now until Disney releases another trailer or there’s some kind of a leak.

There are talks about Scar and the hyenas – characters that, to this day, are among the most popular group of villains in the world – going through a complete overhaul to represent completely different characters.

One rumor suggests that hyenas Ed and Banzai have not found a place in the remake and are being replaced with other characters.

If rumors are to be believed, Azizi (voiced by Eric Andre) should be replacing the dim-witted Ed who may not even be dumb, this time around, considering how easily offended people get these days even if mental disability is portrayed in an animated character.

Then, there is a lot of talk about Kamari replacing Bonzai who is going to behave the same as Bonzai without actually being Bonzai – confusing, isn’t it?

Going along with the rumors, Scar may not actually be Scar in the new Lion king version, somewhat like the hyenas.

One insider close to the project is believed to have revealed that the film’s villain Scar is expected to get a complete makeover and is, likely, getting the appearance of a frail-looking white lion – an albino, perhaps.

The trailer has elicited all sorts of reaction on social media, some of which are downright funny, while some border on the absurd but, then, everybody is entitled to an opinion or two, or more, if you like.

The Lion King Official Teaser Trailer

Directed by: Jon Favreau
Produced by: Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Silver, Karen Gilchrist
Screenplay by: Jeff Nathanson
Based on: by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton

Voice Cast

  • Donald Glover as Simba, the crown prince of the Pride Lands.
  • JD McCrary as young Simba
  • Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Simba’s childhood best friend, and future love-interest.
  • Shahadi Wright Joseph as young Nala
  • James Earl Jones as Mufasa, the king of the Pride Lands and the father of Simba. Jones reprises his role from the original 1994 animated movie of the same name.
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, the treacherous brother of Mufasa and the uncle of Simba who seeks to take the mantle of king.
  • Billy Eichner as Timon, a wise-cracking and loyal meerkat who befriends and adopts a young Simba after he runs away from home.
  • Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, a naive common warthog who befriends and adopts a young Simba after he runs away from home.
  • John Oliver as Zazu, a hornbill who is the advisor to the King of the Pride Lands.
  • John Kani as Rafiki, a wise mandrill who serves as the shaman of the Pride Lands and a close friend of Mufasa’s.
  • Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, the lead hyena of the trio, Scar’s henchmen.
  • Eric Andre as Azizi, a member of Scar’s trio. This character replaces Banzai from the original 1994 animated film
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, an unhinged hysterical hyena who laughs a lot and is part of Scar’s henchmen. This character replaces Ed from the original 1994 animated film
  • Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Mufasa’s mate, the mother of Simba, and queen of the Pride Lands.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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