As the countdown to the much-anticipated Lion King film premiere continues, Disney adds to the frenzy by releasing a wicked analog of stunning high definition portraits of the cast with their counterparts. In an elegantly done pictorial, the fierce aesthetics of the frames depict the faces of the captivating voices behind the Royal Pride and other iconic characters.
In this beautifully shot imagery, we get to see the Queen B looking Nala straight in the eyes, standing proud and fearless like a real lioness that she is.
Next up is the fabulous Donald Glover in a playful standoff with Simba, followed by a family photo featuring Seth Rogen who borrowed his voice to Pumbaa, Billy Eichner who we’ll hear as Timmon, and John Oliver who voices Zazu.
Alongside the gorgeous Alfre Woodard coming face to face with her character Sarabi, another trio featured in the alluring photo series include Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba, and Eric Andre in a vicious staredown with their opposites, hyenas, Kamari, Shenzi, and Azizi.
The dramatic cast editorial rounds off with Chiwetel Ejiofor as he takes a deep stare at Scar and darling JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph throwing smiles at young Simba, and Nala.
The online photo spread comes in as the debut’s warm-up/entree alongside a sweet 2-minute featurette of “The King Returns.” The exciting visual treat includes a blend of behind the scene footage and clips from the live-action picture.
It showcases Glover, Rogen, and Eichner singing the legendary “Hakuna Matata” and brief interviews with the director, Jon Favreau, and actors Woodard and Oliver among others, sharing insights on how fun and valuable it was to go back in time and retell the story using the latest tech.
Although not featured in the dashing promo pics, the live-animated teaser features James Earl Jones as the history repeats itself and the brilliant actor returns to the franchise to speak on Mufasa’s behalf.
Aside from revisiting Pride Rock, the place we all know, love, and recall with joy, the media and fans are all buzzing about the fine tunes following the remake. The playlist is a clash of the lionized tradition and digitalised realism, as we will be able to enjoy the classics the story is remembered for, and new tracks from Pharrell, Beyonce, and Elton John.