The official poster for Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King is here, and it offers fans a close-up look at adorable baby Simba. To say that Disney has produced a lot of classic animated films would be a vast understatement, but arguably the most beloved - or at least near the top of the list - is 1994's The Lion King, which told the story of a cub's complex journey into both adulthood and his destined position as ruler of everything the light touches.
In the last few years, Disney has seemingly made it its mission to produce live-action remakes of every possible animated classic it can muster, and considering the positive reaction to most of them, it's not hard to see why. Both director Jon Favreau's 2016 retelling of The Jungle Book and 2017's live-action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson drew praise from both fans and critics, and in turn earned massive amounts of money at the box office.
Disney is currently prepping live-action remakes of Dumbo, Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp, and Mulan, in addition to this highly anticipated new version of The Lion King. Earlier tonight, Disney released the first teaser trailer for the film, which features CGI animal characters in photorealistic environments. Favreau returns as director, utilizing the same technology that helped him bring The Jungle Book to life. Now, Disney has unveiled the official poster for Favreau's take on The Lion King, featuring Simba stepping into his father Mufasa's much larger pawprint, which echoes an iconic moment from the animated original. Check the poster out below.
Outside of the aforementioned moment and overwhelming cuteness of Simba, the poster also includes a recognizable location, as the future ruler appears to be emerging from inside his family's den within a cavern of Pride Rock. Pride Rock is of course where Simba is hoisted up by Rafiki to allow the king-in-waiting's subjects to view the newly born cub. From the looks of the trailer, Favreau's film will recreate this famous sequence almost identically, as far as shot composition goes.
Also heard in the trailer was the booming voice of James Earl Jones, reprising his role as King Mufasa. Bringing back Jones was the best move Disney could've ever made with this project, as Mufasa is inextricably linked to the actor's booming and authoritative baritone. One assumes when Disney releases a second poster for The Lion King (2019), it'll feature Mufasa in all his majestic glory, looking down at his kingdom. Sadly, fans already know how his story ends, but at least he'll get another chance to roar on the big screen.
- The Lion King (2019) release date: Jul 19, 2019