Disney has released the first trailer for the much-anticipated live-action adaptation of The Lion King.

Disney tweeted the trailer just over ten hours ago, on the eve of Black Friday, with a short tweet announcing the release date: July 19, 2019.

At the same time it aired the advert during the NFL’s annual Thanksgiving primetime game in the United States.

The online ad has already attracted over 17.5 million views on Twitter and over 6 million on YouTube.


The trailer features the opening scene with baboon Rafiki – played by South Africa’s legendary actor John Kani – presenting baby lion cub Simba to all the animals.

Kani (75) replaces Robert Guillaume from the 1994 original, who passed away last year at the age of 89 from prostate cancer.

The star-studded cast is led by Beyonce, and features Kani, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogan and James Earl Jones, who reprises his role as King Mufasa… and – to the delight of many – narrates the trailer.

Watch for yourself below, and then watch the comparison with the original version.

WATCH The Lion King – first official trailer

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