Disney Releases First Official Trailer of “The Lion King”

Disney officially invites you back to Pride Lands. 

The long-awaited first full trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of its 1994 classic, The Lion King is here. 

The trailer, albeit super short, features scenes from Simba’s birth and the African savannah, Simba, and Nala exploring the elephant graveyard, Simba’s exile at the encouragement of his uncle Scar and a glimpse of Simba, Pumbaa and Timon singing together. And from the looks of it, the remake is indeed a near identical take on the animated film.

The film, directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), features a cast of A-listers including Donald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé (Nala), Seth Rogan (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), John Oliver (Zazu), and James Earl Jones (returning to voice Mufasa).

The Lion King is one of three Disney classics to go live-action that’ll hit cinemas this year. First was Tim Burton’s Dumbo, released just last month and Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin is slated to premiere in May. The Lion King will debut July 19. 

Watch the trailer below!