Disney debuted all-new footage of the highly anticipated remake of The Lion King CinemaCon.
According to Variety, the roughly five minute clip followed a young Simba (JD McCrary) and his father Mufasa (James Earl Jones, reprising his role) as they survey their kingdom in the Pride Lands.
2019 edition is a remake of sorts, but one that puts a photorealistic polish on the familiar story.
Director Jon Favreau has created a stunningly realistic African savannah, a sun-baked landscape that teems with herds of antelopes and elephants.
The footage, despite its familiarity, received strong applause from the crowd of theater owners, who weren’t just blown away by the technical accomplishment — they no doubt recognize a box office smash when they see one.
The Lion King hit theaters July 19, a little over 25 years after the original made its silver screen debut.