WATCH: The Lion King trailer is here

The full trailer for the live-action adaptation of The Lion King has been released and it looks faithful to its predecessor. Anyone who grew up watching the animated classic will surely get a heavy dose of nostalgia as they watch this trailer.

The Lion King

I’m not crying, you’re crying.

The clip opens with voice-over from Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as he laments the injustice of life while we watch scenes of young Simba and Nala’s fateful trip to the elephant’s graveyard. There are ominous shots of Scar himself, surrounded by his hyena underlings.

“Life’s not fair, is it, my little friend?” Scar muses, “While some are born to feast, others spend their lives in the dark, begging for scraps.”

This CGI version of Scar is more realistic and does not keep the iconic black mane and dark brown color of the animated film. But he looks gaunt and distinctive enough from his brother to signal to the audience that he is up to something sinister.

The scene shifts to a brighter view of the glorious savannah, with the benevolent voice of Mufasa (James Earl Jones) teaching his young cub (with a bonus glimpse of Zazu!) about the true meaning of being a king.

“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance,” Mufasa explains, “While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.”

The rest of the trailer then shows us the rest of Simba’s journey in brief glimpses, like the arrival of a stampede of wildebeests, a reunion with an old friend by a waterfall. The majestic original score plays throughout the trailer, awakening all our memories of watching a cub become a king. The sequence where he, Timon, and Pumbaa walk together until Simba grows up is taken, practically frame by frame, from the original film, and it is a wonder to behold and does fill one with nostalgia.

We also get our first glimpse of Timon and Pumbaa, and if you watch the trailer till the end, you even get to hear them humming a familiar tune.

The Lion King titleHere is the official synopsis of the film:

“Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.”

As previously reported, the film boasts of an all-star voice cast including Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as TImon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Kani as Rafiki, and James Earl Jones reprises his iconic role as Mufasa.

Don’t miss The Lion King when it opens in theaters on July 19, 2019.

Check out the trailer below: