Disney’s The Lion King Remake Looks Even Better Than The Original

Written by Janella Domingo Diaz, Modified October 24, 2017
The Lion King

Without a doubt, Disney has always been influencing and inspiring the lives of people around the world, old and young alike. Disney movies and characters are everybody’s childhood favorites.

But, from hundreds of movies produced by Disney so far, only one can truly claim to be the king of them all- The Lion King. Earning around $969 million since the original release in 1994, this true Disney classic remains to be superior above all movies for the past three decades.

Today, Disney has announced the plans to remake our beloved animated movies into modern live-action films, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that The Lion King is one of them!

How the live action remake of Disney’s The Lion King will be better than the original

As anticipation for the Disney Lion King remake is brewing, we’re convinced that the new version will be glorious, based on these things that we know so far.

Disney The Lion King remake is to be directed by Jon Favreau, who also directed the recently released digitalized version of The Jungle Book, another huge success for Disney as it grossed $965.8 million worldwide.


Disney The Lion King Remake


With high hopes, we’re counting on Favreau to take every 90’s kid’s favorite movie from Disney, The Lion King and make it as epic or even more legendary than the original.

An exclusive footage of the live action remake was released at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim California, and every member of the audience was in awe! Everyone was taken back into the world of the Pride Rock.

Just imagine the iconic opening theme of the movie, The Circle of Life, playing as you see a rising red sun on an African Savannah on the screen, except the landscape and the animals look real. You’ll surely drop your jaw in awe and admiration.

Although the sneak peek was not entirely like the original scene, Favreau did a very good job in preserving the magic of the old version but also making the remake his own.



The Cast Of Characters


The Lion King Characters


As for the Lion King characters, the lead role of Simba will be played by the rapper, singer, songwriter, director, producer, and disc jockey Donald Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino. Favreau announced this last February through an Instagram post.

Donald is famous not just because of his music, but also for his acting roles in shows such as Atlanta and Community. That just tells me he’s gonna give life to Simba effortlessly!

Also, Mufasa, Simba’s father who had a tragic fate, will still be played by James Earl Jones, who also voiced Mufasa in the original. What can we say? There’s just something so regal, wise and magical in his booming voice and they couldn’t find anyone to top that.

Next, the favorite singing comic duo Timon and Pumbaa will be played by actors Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, respectively. Something about this tandem tells me this is gonna be hilarious!

Eichner, comedian, actor, and the host of Billy on the Street captures the aggressively lovable attitude of Timon. Seth Rogen has also been known for playing delightfully dopey roles in movies like Neighbors and Knocked up that we’re sure he’ll have no problem portraying the funny, yet sensitive warthog.

On the other hand, Zazu, Mufasa’s red-billed hornbill right-hand, royal adviser, and majordomo will be voiced by John Oliver. John’s smart yet witty personality fits right in with Zazu’s tense, dignified, yet easily-rattled character.


John Oliver To Voice Zazu


Meanwhile, the only hint we’ve got on who’s going to voice the movie’s main villain, Simba’s uncle and Mufasa’s brother, Scar are rumors.

Omega Underground has revealed it’s Hugh Jackman, and we’re not complaining. However, this is just solely based on Jackman’s tweet displaying his partnership with Disney.


English actor and 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor was also reported by The Hollywood Reporter to be considered to play Scar. Whoever gets the role, we’re expecting the same sinister, wicked vibe given to Scar by original voice actor Jeremy Irons.

Another role shrouded with rumors is that of Simba’s love interest and childhood friend, Nala. Variety reported that Favreau’s top choice was none other than Beyonce.


The Lion King Remake


Well, I mean, Queen B’s voice is phenomenal, and I’d love to hear her rendition of the song Can you feel the love tonight, or probably a new song for Nala. However, given that Beyonce has just given birth to twins, she’s reportedly reluctant to accept the offer.

Others speculate that Beyonce’s fan and blossoming singer Zendaya could now be the frontrunner for the role. Zendaya recently posted a photo on Instagram showing her while holding her puppy Noon, in a Pride Rock way, captioned “Noony King.”

Then, two weeks later, another post from the star hinted a meeting with Disney people. We’re clueless as to what that meeting was about, but it seems like the guess that Zendaya will be the one to voice Nala in the Lion King remake is not entirely baseless.

What’s for sure is this Disney The Lion King remake will surely be worth the hype, and all of us Disnerds can hardly wait!

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