Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Disney's Lion King Remake Shows Off Amazing First Footage at D23

Disney's Lion King Remake Shows Off Amazing First Footage at D23

While castings for the upcoming Disney live-action remake of Aladdin left visitors swirling, whispers of Hugh Jackman's role in the Lion King spread through the expo despite not having an official announcement.

Scar was originally voiced by Jeremy Irons in the 1994 cartoon film, and his iconic portrayal would be hard to mimic. But Favreau proved with The Jungle Book that the technology developed to bring these animals to life through CGI did create an immersive new adventure that justified its existence. However, with the show set for release on July 19, 2019, the team still has a lot of work to do.

It remains to be seen whether the live action version of the original film will be able to repeat the enormous huge critical and commercial success The Lion King received.

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Jackman was also seen is Disneyland at the time of this post. The sequence ended with Rafiki holding up baby Simba and the title card for The Lion King appearing. He sneezes at one point in a shot that seemed to be a good showcase of how this movie will try to have its characters both be adorable while also realistically animalistic. Then as famously portrayed in the movie and on posters worldwide, Rafiki takes to the tip of the rock and holds Simba up high for the Pride Lands to see. The director Jon Favreau was quoted by as saying that he knew how important this was for the people. "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]", explained Legato during a keynote that he gave at NAB in April. The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie and now has no release date.

This footage obviously hewed very closely to the animated movie.

The Lion King is now slated to arrive in theaters in July 2019 with a voice cast that already includes Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner and John Oliver.

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For more of our D23 coverage, check out this breakdown of how the Guardians of the Galaxy meet the Avengers in Infinity War.

Terri Schwartz is Editorial Producer at IGN.

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