To mark the start of ticket sales for their upcoming photorealistic take on “The Lion King,” Walt Disney Pictures has released a new TV spot which features the voices of Donald Glover and Beyonce Knowles-Carter singing as Simba and Nala in the film.
The film journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother – and former heir to the throne – has plans of his own.
The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
The all-star voice cast also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key and John Kani also star.
Details have also gone up about the film’s soundtrack which will include the song “Never Too Late” by Elton John and Tim Rice which will play over the end credits. The listing also confirms Chiwetel Ejiofor is indeed singing “Be Prepared” albeit a ‘2019 version’, and will boast new recordings of the other original songs, score by Hans Zimmer, and African vocal and choir arrangements by Lebo M. Pharrell Williams produced five of the songs on the soundtrack.
“The Lion King” opens in cinemas July 19th.