Disney Hits the Nostalgia Button with First “Lion King” Teaser

Walt Disney needs to stop playing and just take my money already.

The studio’s upcoming slate is absolutely ridiculous, and after dropping a teaser trailer for the forthcoming live adaptation of The Lion King, the summer season just got a hell of a lot hotter.

Though little was revealed outside of the film’s opening montage, often referred to as the “Samba sequence,” the trailer does a flawless job at stirring up the nostalgia as every millennial on the planet is sure to become entranced with the opening chords to Elton John’s “The Circle of Life.”

Featuring an undeniably spectacular cast including Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, and Keegan-Michael Key, Jon Favreau’s reimagining of the 1994 classic is set to overwhelm theaters on July 19.

The Lion King Teaser Poster


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.