Based on the 1994 animated film with the same title, The Lion King is set to premiere this 19 July. The film is directed by Jon Favreau who also directed the 2016 The Jungle Book. The Lion King boasts a star-studded cast with Donald Glover, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Oliver and John Kani. 

ScreenRant discovered that BBFC listed the film to run for 118 minutes long, a near half hour longer than the 1994 classic. Favreau told USA Today that his version won’t be a shot for shot remake as he wants to “tell a story in a different way but still deliver on people’s expectations while surprising them somehow”. So I can see why the film length would differ. Plus, it would be interesting to see Favreau’s vision of the Disney classic.

Super cool realistic-looking character posters released by Disney in May

In May, we got a snippet of that vision with the latest set of character posters released by Disney. As you can see from the movie trailer itself, the characters look so realistic that it gives me goosebumps. The kind of goosebumps that real excitement brings. And the new character posters are nothing short of amazing. 

Mufasa and Simba in the upcoming Lion King film.

But that’s not all. Disney released more photos of the cast with their characters. Needless to say, they were breathtaking. The photos feature the actors face to face with the characters they voice, on a dramatic black background. Looking at them gives a beautiful combination of pride and majesty. 

Check out the photo series below to see what I mean.

Nala and Simba with Shahadi Wright Joseph and JD McCrary
Donald Glover with Simba
Nala with Beyonce Knowles-Carter
Chiwetel Ejiofor with Scar
Alfre Woodard with Sarabi
Zazu, Pumbaa, and Timon with John Oliver, Seth Rogen, and Billy Eichner
Eric Andre, Florence Kasumba, and Keegan-Michael Key with the hyenas Azizi, Shenzi, and Kamari

Looks like Lion King is on the right track. With all this positive hype, I can’t wait to catch it when it finally hits cinemas!