Lion King Spark CinemoCon New Film
The Lion King Movie
Disney Lion King debuted all-new film of the highly anticipated remake at CinemaCon, the annual exhibition trade show in Las Vegas. The roughly five minute clip followed a young Simba (JD McCrary) and his father Mufasa (James Earl Jones, returning in all his baritoned glory) as they survey their kingdom in the Pride Lands.
“Lion King start with Simba, everything the light touches is our kingdom,” Mufasa intones, instructing the princeling that “a king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.”
These are lines made famous by the 1994 animated classic cartoon of Lion King. The 2019 edition is a remake of sorts, but one that puts a photorealistic polish on the familiar story.
And oh, what wondrous effects are being deployed in that effort. Director Jon Favreau has created a stunningly realistic African savannah, a sun-baked landscape that teems with herds of antelopes and elephants.
Those spider web is all dew-caked gossamer, the long grasses sway in the wind, and the lions’ fur is a thing of beauty, matted and moving along with the breeze. The Lion King footage, despite its familiarity.
The movie of Lion King received strong applause from the crowd of theater owners, who weren’t just blown away by the technical accomplishment they no doubt recognize a box office smash when they see one.
Who are the cast in Lion King?
The studio enlisted a star-studded cast to bring Simba’s coming of age story back to the big screen. The A-listers lending their voices include Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonceas Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumba. Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa from the 1994 classic.
“The Lion King” bows July 19, a little over 25 years after the original made its silver screen debut. “Aladdin” hits theaters on Memorial Day weekend. The studio showcased footage as part of its presentation to exhibitors teasing its upcoming slate.
Disney also has “Avengers: Endgame,” “Frozen 2,” and the latest “Star Wars” movie on deck for this year, but it only showed a short sequence from the Avengers sequel.