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New Lion King Trailer Has All Your Favorite Characters

Cue all the nostalgia.


Just like Simba can’t wait to be king, fans can’t wait for the live-action remake of The Lion King to hit theaters this summer. And things just got even more real—and more exciting—on Wednesday as Disney revealed a brand-new trailer for the film.

Featuring some of everyone’s favorite talking animals, the video recreates iconic scenes from the 1994 animated classic, like the antelope stampede through the canyon, the escape from Scar’s graveyard, and even the moment when little Simba (JD McCrary will voice young Simba, while older Simba will be voiced by Donald Glover) puts his own foot in his father’s much larger pawprint.

Not only is there a voiceover from James Earl Jones, who was also Mufasa in the original movie, but the trailer ends on the perfect note: with Timon and Pumbaa belting out “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” in the jungle.

“Disney’s upcoming film journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born,” the preview’s description reads. “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.”

Directed by Jon Favreau (the man behind blockbusters like Jungle Book and Iron Man), the remake also stars Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner as Timon.

The Lion King is set to be released on July 19, 2019, a month after the original flick’s 25th anniversary. And it isn’t the only live-action adaptation in the works for Disney—fans can also look forward to Aladdin (coming in May), Mulan, and The Lady and the Tramp.