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Disney debuts NEW live-action Lion King footage at the Oscars

Disney's live-action reboot of The Lion King may well break box office records, judging by the intense level of excitement surrounding it.

The flick nailed down an all-star cast featuring the original Mufasa (James Earl Jones), Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, John Kani, Eric Andre, Keegan Michael-Key and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

Grammy-award winning artist Donald Glover stars as Simba, the orphaned lion cub who returns to Pride Rock to take his place as king.

The nostalgia is one of the main reasons why the anticipation has been building. Thankfully, during last night's Oscars ceremony, Disney released an extended The Lion King trailer for fans to dissect.

We will have to wait until July 2019 to see Jon Favreau's epic Pride Lands tale, which is based on Shakespeare's classic tale, Hamlet.

More live-action reboots are on the way, following the success of The Jungle Book, which boasts the same director as The Lion KingDumbo, directed by Tim Burton will arrive in theatres this March, followed by Guy Ritchie's Aladdin in May.


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Just like The Jungle Book, Favreau's Lion King uses CGI to bring an entirely animal cast to life in an incredibly realistic-looking format.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter plays Simba's love interest, Nala, while Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the villainous Scar. Seth Rogen and Billy Eicher were cast as Pumbaa and Timon, Simba's beloved comic relief companions

The original Lion King of 1994 was hugely successful, earning almost one billion dollars worldwide, spanning a Broadway musical which remains the most popular choice for NYC theatre goers, and countless merchandise and clothing deals.

Feature image: Instagram/@cinemacitypt

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