Disney debuted the first trailer for their new live-action adaptation of The Lion King on Thanksgiving Day.
The trailer (which comes courtesy of Walt Disney Studios YouTube), reveals the first look at the live-action Simba (voiced by Donald Glover) and the live-action Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones), debuting during the Thanksgiving day NFL game.
This first look also shows the live-action re-creation of one of the most iconic scenes from the 1994 animated classic, where Rafiki (voiced by John Kani) holds up the newborn Simba for all of the Pride Rock animals to see.
This live-action version of The Lion King comes from director Jon Favreau, using the same kind of motion-capture technology he used to bring the animals in his 2016 adaptation of The Jungle Book to life.
While this adaptation does boast an impressive new cast, James Earl Jones returns to voice his same role from the 1994 animated classic, King Mufasa.
The trailer begins with various shots of the numerous kinds of animals in Pride Rock, with Mufasa saying that ‘Everything the light touches, is our kingdom.’
This first look also shows the young Simba stepping into the full-grown paw print of his father Mufasa, as he says that, one day, his reign will come to an end.
‘One day, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king,’ Mufasa says.
As Simba is held up for all to see, the shot pulls back to show how vast the Pride Rock animal kingdom truly is.
Watch the trailer;