“The Lion King”: Disney Releases First Official Trailer

Screenshot from The Lion King's official trailer. Photo via Walt Disney Studios /Youtube

The long-awaited trailer is here!

Disney has finally dropped the first full trailer for its live-action remake of The Lion King.

Less than two minutes long, the trailer features scenes from Simba’s birth and the African savannah, Simba and Nala exploring the elephant graveyard, Simba’s exile at the encouragement of his uncle Scar and a glimpse of Simba, Pumbaa and Timon singing together.

The trailer confirms that the remake is an almost shot-by-shot take on the classic 1994 animated film.

The film, directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), features a star-studded cast including Donald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé (Nala), Seth Rogan (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), John Oliver (Zazu), and James Earl Jones (returning to voice Mufasa).

The Lion King is one of three Disney classics that got the live-action treatment to hit cinemas this year with Tim Burton’s Dumbo released last month and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin set to hit theaters in May. 

Watch the trailer below!