Disney’s live action adaptation of The Lion King is already breaking records via its first trailer which has accumulated a record breaking 224.6 million views globally within its first 24 hours. This means that it has now become the most watched trailer for Disney in a day. However, across all the studios, it only falls as the second most-watched in a 24-hour span after Avengers: Infinity Wars earned 238 million views in its first day. The trailer arrived last week Friday and features the iconic opening scene of the film in which Simba is presented to the animal kingdom by Rafiki as James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa in a voiceover.
The remainder of the cast has the likes of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Eric André as Azizi, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa. JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play young Simba and young Nala. The film is set for a 19 July 2019 release