The Lion King’s new trailer gives us a look at its infamous antagonist Scar. Dr. Strange actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will be providing the voice of Scar in the live-action remake.
We see Simba’s first encounter with his uncle Scar in this new trailer. We wonder if this plot in the live-action remake will mirror the same one from the classic. The elephant graveyard looks different in the trailer and Zazu isn’t there as well.
“Life’s not fair, is it, my little friend? While some are born to feast, others spend their lives in the dark, begging for scraps.”
Scar lacks that traditionally menacing look we’re used to from the 1994 Disney classic. The look of a gaunt lion with a scruffy mane.
The Musical Magic Is Still There
The musical aspect of the story is still there. We get to see Pumbaa and Timon belting out The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Seth Rogan and Billy Echinor voice Pumbaa and Timon respectively.
The movie will also see the return of James Earl Jones for the voice of Mufasa.
Others in The Lion King voice cast include Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala and John Oliver as Zazu.
The film-makers onboard for this project are also the team behind The Jungle Book. While The Lion King director Jon Favreau, is the man behind Iron Man, Elf, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Disney’s Live-Action Reboots
Disney is really going strong on the live action remakes with Dumbo, The Lion King and Aladdin. Things are looking good so far (no one has seen the movie).
People wonder how true to the movie the reboots will stay. Some revisions to the movies have been rather distasteful.
Take the fact that in the new Lion King remake, the hyenas have been renamed from Shezi, Ed, and Banzai to Shenzi, Azizi, and Kamari (all Arab names, which seems racist).
When you rewatch "The Lion King," it's pretty clear the hyenas are participating in an Arab Spring movement.
— Chris Schleicher (@cschleichsrun) March 9, 2012
Why have the hyenas names been changed from Benzai and Ed to Azizi and Kamari in The Lion King 2019?
— SPEAKAH LAYNE 🇧🇧 (@MissRheaDawn) November 2, 2017
In another example of its tone-deaf direction, Disney has already faced backlash for trying to white-wash Aladdin by adding a white evil prince.
Disney added a new character to the live-action Aladdin – a white prince in Agrabah.
People are saying: PASS. pic.twitter.com/FGrSqbDKn4
— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 6, 2017
The House of Mickey Mouse landed in trouble with the movie the first time around as well because the opening song made some derogatory statements about Arabs.
We certainly hope this attitude doesn’t become the norm going forward.