The Lion King live-action footage stars Hugh Jackman and John Oliver


Much like the Jungle Book you wouldn't be able to tell these were not real animals. The footage was reportedly incredible and faithfully recreated a scene from the original animated version of The Lion King. He's making Lion King (scheduled for a July 19, 2019 release) on a bluescreen stage in Los Angeles, again using virtual production techniques by reteaming with Jungle Book's Oscar winning VFX supervisor Rob Legato and lead VFX house MPC and VFX house Weta. Then fuel was added to the fire when Jackman tweeted at Disneyland with the caption "partners". Scar was originally voiced by Jeremy Irons back in the classic 1994 animated film. The biggest character design change was for Simba, simply because he is a lot furrier than he was in the cartoon. No cause for alarm: he is so. damn. cute.

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The film is now in production in the United Kingdom, and "cInematic ringmaster", director Tim Burton sent a video greeting, saying the 1941 animated classic is "one of my favorite of the Disney movies, and we are working to give this all the heart and emotion [of the original]".

As "The Circle of Life" plays, he's held aloft by the baboon Rafiki, a moment that causes the animals gathered below to shake, sway and trumpet their excitement.

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This footage obviously hewed very closely to the animated movie. So expect him to be announced with the rest of the cast during today's panel. Donald Glover's signed up to voice Simba, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Simba's father, Mufasa.

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