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‘The Lion King’ trailer is here — and the Internet has gone nuts

Donald Glover voices Simba in the new live action “Lion King,” which will be in theaters  in July 2019.
Donald Glover voices Simba in the new live action “Lion King,” which will be in theaters in July 2019. FREDERIC J. BROWN/ AFP/Getty Images

The first official trailer for Disney’s remake of “The Lion King” is here, and people just can’t wait to see the film.

The trailer premiered on Thursday during the Thanksgiving day NFL game, and it has since made the rounds on the internet. As of Friday morning, the official YouTube trailer from Walt Disney Studios has over 12 million views.

Responses to the trailer are overwhelmingly positive, after the initial hesitation last year when plans for a live-action (okay, CGI) remake of the 1994 animated classic were announced. Jon Favreau, the movie’s director, was also behind the 2016 remake of “The Jungle Book,” which was a hit commercially but a miss among many longtime fans.

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The casting amped up the excitement for “The Lion King,” and people were thrilled to hear James Earl Jones once again voice Mufasa. Others cast in voiceover roles are Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichler as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and, perhaps most anticipated, Beyoncé as Nala.

The movie is slated for release July 19, 2019.


Lillian Brown can be reached at lillian.brown@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @lilliangbrown.