Lion King remake roars to life with new trailer

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LONDON (REUTERS) - With stunning scenery of Africa and some talking wildlife, Disney has dropped its first full-length trailer for its remake of The Lion King.

Made with computer-generated imagery, it follows the plot of the Oscar-winning 1994 animation about lion cub Simba, who flees his kingdom after his uncle Scar connives to take his father Mufasa's place as king.

It boasts a voice cast that includes music star Beyonce and actors Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the 1994 version.

Counting down 100 days until the film's July release, the trailer begins with Scar, surrounded by hyenas, telling Simba:"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."

Under two minutes long, it shows off the Pride Rock setting, with glimpses of Simba's childhood friend and love interest Nala as well as new pals Timon and Pumbaa.

The Lion King was an instant hit around the world when it was released, and a hugely successful musical theatre version still runs on New York's Broadway and in London.

The new trailer, which follows a first look of the film in November, garnered nearly 1.5 million views in the first two hours after it was posted on Disney's Twitter feed.

It is directed by Jon Favreau, who was behind the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book.

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