The king has arrived in time for Thanksgiving weekend. Disney debuted the first trailer for its upcoming Lion King remake from director Jon Favreau.
Donald Glover leads the cast as young Lion Simba who loses his dad, while Beyonce — who is credited in the trailer with her last name, Knowles-Carter — voices Nala, a childhood friend and later love interest to Simba. The cast includes James Earl Jones reprising his role from the 1994 animated film as Simba's father Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Simba's villainous uncle Scar, Alfre Woodard as Simba's mother Sarabi, with child actor JD McCrary playing the young version of Simba. Shahadi Wright Joseph is voicing the young Nala, while John Kani voices the baboon Rafiki and John Oliver playing Mufasa’s confidant, the hornbill Zazu.
Favreau first showed off footage from The Lion King last summer at D23, which included photo-real landscapes and Rafiki introducing baby Simba on Pride Rock.