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A Live Action ‘Lion King’ Sequel is Coming!

A sequel to the 2019 live action The Lion King is in the works. The writer of last years film, Jeff Nathanson, is returning and he already has a draft of the script ready to go. Another writer, Barry Jenkins, will be directing the film, and his most notable work is Moonlight, which he also directed and which also won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2017. His other notable work is If Beale Street Could Talk, which was an Oscar nominee, one of the actresses of the film, Regina King, won Best Supporting Actress.

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So, this movie has some great people to bring this sequel to life. However, the movie is going to take a different direction than the original sequel, The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride. The original followed Simba’s daughter Kiara and her love interest Kovu, who is part of Scar’s pride, and how the two fall in love and plot to bring their prides together. This new sequel is going to be more of an origin story for Mufasa. The music will be a continuation of the music from the 2019 film and it will use the same photo realistic technology as used before.
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This sequel sounds like it’s going to be great but it would have been nice to do a live action version of the animated sequel. However, that sequel is often overlooked and this new story is one that people will be excited to see. Some of the music from the broadway play will also be incorporated into the film, which is exciting for those that have seen that adaptation.
The stars that led their voices to the 2019 film haven’t been confirmed to return to lend their voices. Those stars included Donald Glover and Beyonce, who voice Simba and Nala respectively, and the original voice of Mufasa, James Earl Jones, as well as many other actors. Fingers crossed they return for the sequel.
While we wait for this to hit the big screen, you can watch the 2019 film right here and all of the animated films as well. Even the animated series Timon and Pumba.
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‘The Lion King’ Official Trailer Released!

Hakuna matata! Disney fans rejoice, for the studio just dropped the first full trailer for The Lion King which showcases more glorious live action shots of the animated classic. The animation looks beautiful, rendering characters like Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Timone, and Pumba as realistic animals in all their glory. Speaking of Scar, we finally get to hear him speak and he looks glorious, creepy while retaining the slimy menace that made the original such a beloved Disney villain.

 

The menacing Scar, a scraggily lion towers over a hyena against an African rocky backdrop

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Other tantalizing images include glimpses of a young Simba exploring his kingdom, including chasing a stag beetle around, as well as glimpses of Nala, Rafiki, Zazu, and the iconic duo of everyone’s favorite duo: Timone and Pumba. Iconic shots from the original look to be recreated exactly, including the sequence where Simba grows from cub to adult and the wildebeest stampede. Speaking of, we don’t know if we can relive Mufasa’s death in live action, especially with James Earl Jones returning to once again voice the lion.

Speaking of the cast, this one is very promising, a mix of iconic talent with Donald Glover as Simba (as well as JD McCrary as his younger self), Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, Beyonce as Nala, John Kani as Rafiki, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and John Oliver as Zazu. The trailer itself is set to the spine tingling score of the original, punctuated by Mufas’s narration and utterly breathtaking cinematography.

This one is a must see for sure. Are you excited? The Lion King roars into theaters July 19th.

 

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