Can you feel the love tonight? Everyone is proclaiming “long live the king” in celebration of “The Lion King”.

Walt Disney Studios has just released some new material from their upcoming live-action movie and it’s glorious. Most fans are excited to get the first look at the highly-anticipated adaptation of the beloved 1994 animated film. Here are 5 things we’re stoked about “The Lion King”:

1. Jon Favreau as director

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“The Lion King” is directed by Jon Favreau, the person responsible for bringing 2016’s “The Jungle Book” in the same manner.


2. “The Lion King” 1994 vs 2019

We literally got goosebumps seeing our childhood comes to life in the most magnificent way. One of the highlights includes a recreation of the iconic Pride Rock scene. “One day, the sun will set on my time here. And will rise with you as the new king,” Mufasa tells his young son Simba.

3. The all-star cast

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Title cards of the all-star cast include Eric Andre as Azizi, Beyoncé as Nala, Billy Eichner as Timon, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, John Kani as Rafiki, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, John Oliver as Zazu, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, JD McCrary as young Simba, Shahadi Wright Joseph as young Nala and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi.


4. The first official poster

The adorable poster shows little Simba placing his left paw on his father’s pawprint.

5. The iconic song in the teaser trailer

The nostalgic “Circle of Life” can be heard as every animal arrive to welcome the little lion. Hans Zimmer has been tapped to score the film.

Disney’s “The Lion King” will debut on 19th July 2019.

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