Get your first look at Disney’s live-action retelling of “The Lion King” and see how Simba, Rafiki, and Pride Rock compare to the original. Ever since The Lion King was released in 1994 it has become one of the most adored family movies of all times. The heartfelt story has been remastered in various editions on Broadway as well.

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Director Jon Favreau admits that this project “terrifies” him, even more so than adapting The Jungle Book did. “The Jungle Book was 50 years ago,” he said or the animated original at the Tribeca Film Festival, “but The Lion King was only 20. It came out in the age of video where people were watching it over and over again. So I have to prioritize that when I’m directing. I have to try and honor what was there. In some ways, it’s like bringing a Broadway playback, because there are certain expectations.

“I tried to keep it on the edge of being real,” he continued. “The Lion King people really know it and they grew up with it. They have an emotional connection. I think memory is like a compression software; you can’t remember everything, so you prioritize what’s important. I think, ‘What do I remember about The Lion King? What do I remember about The Jungle Book? I remember Mowgli and the snake; the snake’s eyes; Baloo and the river. Those are the images we definitely need in [the new live-action movie]. Then you look back at it and you realize here’s things you don’t remember, which you can explore a little more. But there’s an added pressure to these beloved stories, especially these deep-seated ones, because there’s an emotional connection.”

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Donald Glover is doing the voice for Simba and Beyonce Knowles-Carter for Nala,”The Lion King” – just these two alone are a great promise for a box office hit already!

Watch the new version compares to the original:

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Earlier this month we got a sneak peek of Tim Burton’s vision for “Dumbo” as well as a taste for Guy Ritchie’s spin on “Aladdin,” only a few weeks earlier. Not to mention, two teasers for “Toy Story 4” came out quietly in the fold. So stay tuned, as 2019 is sahping up to be mega exciting already!

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