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First footage of Jon Favreau's 'The Lion King' unveiled at D23

Press Trust of India  |  Anaheim (California) 

Two years before its scheduled release, Disney previewed the first clip from its live-action remake of "The Lion King" at D23 Expo on Saturday.

Exclusively screened for attendees, the footage featured astonishing shots of African landscapes, many types of animals. It ended with the iconic moment in which Rafiki introduces an adorable young Simba on Pride Rock, as Elton John's "Circle of Life" is played.

"We love this movie and we are working hard," said Favreau.

The starry voice cast of "The Lion King" remake includes Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon) and John Oliver (Zazu).

Jeff Nathanson wrote the script for the live-action adaptation, which is being produced by Favreau and Jeffrey Silver.

The movie is scheduled to release on July 19, 2019.

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First Published: Sun, July 16 2017. 10:42 IST