The New Lion King Remake Character Posters Are Lit But There's One Important Thing Missing

At least Beyoncé and Nala look regal AF.

We’re only a couple of weeks away before the highly anticipated remake of The Lion King arrives on July 19 under a wave of heavy scrutiny from hordes of fans hoping it’ll live up to the original 1994 animated masterpiece.

With the finish line in sight, director Jon Favreau has decided to get the hype ball rolling even faster by releasing a bunch of new posters featuring the cast engaging in a staring contest with their characters. While we had some concerns over the previous batch of character posters, these new ones are actually pretty frigging stunning.

There’s something spine-tingling seeing Donald Glover looking at Simba and Chiwetel Ejiofor looking at Scar (sorry Jeremy Irons), but the bulk of the attention has been on Beyoncé and Nala, which is completely understandable because, well, just look at her poster and tell me she doesn’t look regal AF.

But while these character posters go a surprisingly long way in hyping up the remake, there is one important thing missing from this batch of new promo material: Where’s Mufasa?

He’s an incredibly important part of The Lion King and it feels kind of wrong to see him missing from the character poster line up.

Okay, I’m probably being too demanding here because they managed to get James Earl Jones to voice Mufasa again so that in itself is already a win. Plus the man is nearly 90 so he’s probably not too keen to be involved in a grueling photoshoot and would rather let his voice do all the talking, literally.

Now that I think about it, it’s perhaps for the best we didn’t get a Mufasa character poster. We don’t want all the newcomers getting too emotionally attached before they experience the trauma that is the stampede scene.

That Little Mermaid Remake You Forgot About Has Somehow Cast The Perfect Person As Ursula

They've found a poor, unfortunate soul.

With the recently-released Aladdin remake and the upcoming CGI remake of The Lion King taking up everyone’s attention, you’ve probably forgotten that Disney are also working on a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

Oh yeah, there was also that Dumbo remake. Forgot about that one.

The little project has had its share of hurdles, like being unable to find someone to play the titular little mermaid, but it appears that the movie has taken a big step forward by finding the perfect person to play the sea witch, Ursula.

According to Variety, Disney has Melissa McCarthy in its sights for the role of the sea witch. That’s a bit of genius casting from Disney because it was going to take a hell of a talented actress to pull off Ursula and McCarthy is nothing short of a perfect fit to play such an entertainingly manipulative role.

Now we shouldn’t get too excited yet as the deal hasn’t been finalised yet but it certainly appears that Disney is doing its best “to make contemporary and compelling casting choices, while still paying homage to the beloved animated original.” I’m interpreting that as they really want Miley Cyrus to play Ariel.

While the film hasn’t managed to lock in the full cast yet, the assembled behind-the-scenes team is nothing short of impressive. Mary Poppins Returns and Chicago director Rob Marshall will helm the film while Disney veteran Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda will take their shots at writing new songs.

Now that Ursula has (probably) been cast, I wonder what poor, unfortunate soul will be the next one to be ensnared in this project’s net? Eh, let’s nominate Chris Hemsworth because why not?

This New Lion King Clip Of Donald Glover And Beyoncé Singing Will Erase All Your Doubts For The Film

Hakuna Matata achieved.

We’ve had some doubts over Disney’s upcoming CGI remake of The Lion King, especially with it’s Nat Geo-chic look.

But we can stop worrying about the film, folks, because we’ve heard a bit of the highly anticipated Donald Glover/Beyoncé version of Elton John’s ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ and it is glorious.

We already knew Queen Bey was going to knock it out of the park with Nala’s speaking voice, but hearing her and Childish Gambino’s vocals join forces immediately elevates ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ from iconic to greatest Disney song of all time.

It’s only 30 seconds and it sounds basically what you’d think it would, but that’ll definitely help hold us over until The Lion King releases on July 19. As far as new versions of iconic Disney songs go, it’s definitely a step up from the live-action Aladdin‘s version of ‘Friend Like Me‘ so things are looking (and sounding) promising.

If The Lion King is able to pull off a new version of ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ this well, then I have high hopes for Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen’s version of ‘Hakuna Matata’, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s take on ‘Be Prepared’ and whatever John Oliver got up his sleeve for Zazu’s ‘I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts’.

There they are, all standing in a row…


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