A batch of photos have been circulating online, with some claiming them to be the first look at Mufasa from Disney's The Lion King remake; however, that's not the case, seeing as the photos aren't from the movie at all. Jon Favreau's The Lion King is Disney's latest live-action movie remake, as well as the filmmaker's second one at the helm following the release of The Jungle Book in 2016.
The Jungle Book was a massive critical and commercial success, and Favreau is looking to strike lightning twice with a sequel. But before that happens, he will bring The Lion King back to life on the big screen in 2019. James Earl Jones is confirmed to be reprising his role as Mufasa in the remake, with Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Keegan-Michael Key, and more making up the film's new cast.
Disney Film Facts (via The Nerdy Basement) revealed a batch of new photos on Twitter, claiming that they were first looks as The Lion King's Mufasa. The post suggested that the film's production team was going for an animatronic/CGI hybrid, but that's not the case. The photos are not from The Lion King; they are actually creations of German creature designer Chris Kunzmann, who owns and operates the company Chris Creatures. Take a look:
Unfortunately, The Lion King fans will have to wait for some time before getting their first look at the new remake. Considering that the movie will likely use motion-capture and lots of CGI, that first look is probably still being worked on; it may not come until the first trailer arrives. So far, the only official thing has been released from the studio is a cast list poster, which confirmed all the film's stars. Plus, in December, Favreau tweeted an image of himself and Donald Glover, who will voice Simba, with the caption "Simba Returns!", exciting fans for the start of production. Beyond that, the studio, filmmaker, and cast have remained mute on the project.
While the photos circulating on social media are from a talented artist, they are not the first images of Mufasa. The Lion King commenced principal photography in Los Angeles last summer, but it's unclear if production has wrapped yet. If it has, then it's possible that the studio is gearing up to promote the film around San Diego Comic-Con later this month, if not a teaser image later this year. But since the film doesn't release until next July, audiences shouldn't expect to see a trailer for a while.
- The Lion King (2019) release date: Jul 19, 2019