The Lion King

The Lion King
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 58min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Cast: Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones
  • UK release: 19 July 2019
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The photorealistic version of the beloved Disney story has memorable visuals, impressive set-pieces and adorable yet credible animals, but precisely because they’re so realistic, it’s weird when they speak and even stranger when they sing. All the star voices in the world don’t count when you can’t simulate heart and soul.

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The Lion King (PG TBC)

We are returning back to the African savanna, but as you have never seen it before!

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.

The Lion King is directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) and includes the incredible vocal talent of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.

Rated - PG Approximate running time – 1hr 57 minutes

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Reviews & features

Beyonce praised for Lion King song

19 Jul 2019

Film gossip

Beyoncé put her "soul and her spirit" into her new song for 'The Lion King', composer Hans Zimmer has revealed. The Grammy award-winning composer says the R&B superstar took her role as lioness Nala in the upcoming Disney remake "very seriously" and he…

Raye pens song on Beyonce's Lion King album

17 Jul 2019

Music gossip

Raye has penned a song on Beyonce's 'The Lion King: The Gift' album. The 21-year-old British star has revealed the 37-year-old R&B superstar told her herself that her track 'Bigger' is the first song on her multi-artist record inspired by the Disney…

The Lion King

16 Jul 20193 stars

Disney's latest 'live-action' reimagining struggles to convince despite photorealistic visuals

The third update of a Disney animated classic to be released this year – following on from Dumbo and Aladdin – the new Lion King strains more than the others to be described as a live-action remake, since its luscious savannahs and stunningly lifelike…

Beyonce releases new single Spirit

10 Jul 2019

Music gossip

Beyonce has dropped a new single ahead of the release of her 'Lion King'-curated album. The 37-year-old singer has released track 'Spirit' – which features on the movie remake, in which she voices Nala – ahead of 'The Lion King: The Gift' dropping on…

Jon Favreau 'moved' by James Earl Jones

3 Jul 2019

Film gossip

Jon Favreau found it "moving and surreal" hearing James Earl Jones record his vocals for 'The Lion King'. The 88-year-old actor voiced Mufasa in the original animated film and the director of the upcoming live action take on the story was keen to keep…

Beyonce's mother encouraged Lion King role

3 Jun 2019

Film gossip

Beyoncé's mother encouraged her to take on the role of Nala in 'The Lion King' remake. The 37-year-old singer will voice Nala in the upcoming Disney remake and Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, revealed the original movie was a big part of…

Disney releases Lion King trailer

23 Nov 2018

Film gossip

Disney has released the first trailer for its live-action 'Lion King' remake. The teaser of the Jon Favreau-directed movie has been posted on Disney's official Twitter page and has already attracted more than 18 million views. The visually spectacular…

Beyoncé confirms Lion King role

2 Nov 2017

Film gossip

Beyoncé has confirmed she will voice Nala in 'The Lion King'. The 'Formation' hitmaker is set to join the cast of the Disney live-action remake alongside Donald Glover - who will voice Simba - and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who will play villain Scar. The news…

Alfre Woodard and John Kani to star in The Lion King

8 Aug 2017

Film gossip

Alfre Woodard and John Kani have joined the cast of 'The Lion King'. Woodard, 64, will play Simba's mother Sarabi and Kani, 73, will be taking on the role of the wise baboon Rafiki, who advises Mufasa, the king of Pride Rock, The Wrap reports. The two…

Chiwetel Ejiofor in talks to play Scar in The Lion King reboot

3 Aug 2017

Film gossip

Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to play Scar in the live-action remake of 'The Lion King'. Disney are rebooting the beloved 1994 animated movie with 'Jungle Book' filmmaker Jon Favreau helming the project and now the 'Doctor Strange' actor is reportedly in…

John Oliver to play Zazu in The Lion King remake

11 Jul 2017

Film gossip

John Oliver will provide the voice of Zazu in the live-action remake of 'The Lion King'. Disney are rebooting the beloved 1994 animated movie with 'Jungle Book' filmmaker Jon Favreau helming the project and now it has been revealed that Oliver, 40, will…

Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa

26 Apr 2017

Film gossip

Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner have been cast to play Timon and Pumbaa in 'The Lion King' remake. Disney are rebooting the beloved 1994 animated movie with 'Jungle Book' filmmaker Jon Favreau helming the project and now it has been revealed that Rogen and…

Beyonce for The Lion King?

31 Mar 2017

Film gossip

Beyonce is the preferred choice to play Nala in the live-action remake of 'The Lion King'. Director Jon Favreau is reportedly keen to secure the 'Formation' singer for the role in the upcoming movie and the team are happy to fit the voiceover part…

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