This past Thursday, Walt Disney Pictures gave fans a first glimpse at The Lion King, director Jon Favreau’s (The Jungle Book) upcoming remake of the 1994 animated film, with the teaser trailer setting a new Disney record for the most views in its first 24 hours.
With 224.6 million views, the teaser became Disney’s most-watched trailer debut ever, and second only to Avengers: Infinity War (from Disney subsidiary Marvel Studios) on 238 million views for the most-watched trailer of all time.
Disney must surely have high expectations for The Lion King, given the $968.8 million gross of the original animated film, which has since spawned a hugely successful stage adaptation, and two popular animated series.
Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls, Lemonade visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Field of Dreams) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave, Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange) was called on to portray Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard (Juanita, Marvel’s Luke Cage) portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. JD McCrary (OWN’s Tyler Perry’s The Paynes, Apple’s Vital Signs) fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (NBC’s Hairspray Live, Broadway’s The Lion King) brings tough cub Young Nala to life.
The Lion King features a voice cast that includes Donald Glover (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Simba, Beyonce (Dreamgirls) as Nala, Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street) as Timon, Seth Rogen (Sausage Party) as Pumba, John Oliver (Last WeekTonight) as Zazu, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange) as Scar, James Earl Jones (The Lion King) as Musafa, Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage) as Sarabi, John Kani (Black Panther) as Rafiki, JD McCrary (Vital Signs) as Young Simba, Shahadi Wright Joseph (Hairspray Live) as Young Nala, Eric André (Man Seeking Woman) as Azizi, Florence Kasumba (Black Panther) as Shenzi and Keegan-Michael Key (Friends From College) as Kamari.