Okay, chances are that when you first heard Disney was making a live-action Lion King movie this was your reaction:
Or, maybe that was just me? Anyway, with your skepticism firmly intact, Disney revealed that Jon Favreau would be taking the helm. Seeing that he did a phenomenal job with The Jungle Book, things seemed to be looking up.
Then Disney started releasing the voice cast and they were fantastic. I mean, THE James Earl Jones was coming back to play Mufasa. We were truly blessed. See the whole cast for yourself:
While Disney has been pretty hush when it comes to any type of footage, there is a true angel and national treasure walking amongst us by the name of Billy Eichner. Thankfully, Eichner, who voices Timon, took to Twitter today to share a photo of him, his animated partner in crime Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Donald Glover (Simba) and director Jon Favreau in the studio. The photo, specifically Glover’s Disney-inspired sweater, is nothing short of iconic. Check it out below!
THE LION KING. 2019. 🦁👑 pic.twitter.com/dU50YEPBwb
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 17, 2018
I mean seriously, name a more perfect family photo, I’ll wait! It just makes you want to put on a hula skirt and eat some grub.
The trio looks like they just dropped a sick version of “Hakuna Matata” which is one of the many popular Lion King songs the live-action will feature. Earlier this year, the musical genius behind the soundtrack, Elton John, confirmed that he’s currently working on a song for Beyonce that would play during the closing credits. He also dropped a little hint about what songs from the 1994 animated classic would be making their way into the upcoming remake.
Are you excited for the live-action Lion King? Which casting is your favorite? Let us know! The Lion King hits theaters on July 19, 2019.