Jon Favreau is hard at work directing the upcoming live-action remake of Disney's The Lion King and he unveiled the first footage from the film at the D23 Expo! He chose to bring some of the footage with him and debuted it to the crowd at D23.
And just like the Jungle Book, it all looks very, very real.
The sequence ends with Rafiki marking Simba and then presenting him by holding him up over the animals gathered at Pride Rock. However, that is highly unlikely. One can only wonder who will be added to the cast, which is already shaping up nicely with Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, John Oliver as Zazu and James Earl Jones returning once more as the voice of Mufasa. The crowd, not unsurprisingly, went nuts and that was all there was to say about The Lion King.
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Hugh Jackman might be done playing Wolverine, with the X-Man taking his last stand in this year's Logan. Alas with what Jackman's representatives have said, it seems there's zero room for Jackman being involved. Variety expressed the singer was Favreau's top choice for the character, but so far there have been no official announcements. With Disney's live-action panel at D23 set to begin any moment, this could be confirmed very quickly. The 1992 flick is also getting it's own live-action remake and Will Smith has been cast as the Genie.
All of this is necessary set up when describing what we saw from The Lion King, because - even with the not fully polished footage we saw at D23 Expo - this new project absolutely follows in the footsteps of The Jungle Book's incredible recreation of these animal characters. The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie and now has no release date.