UPDATE (07/09/18): Since publication, CBR has received word that the embedded images are not, in fact, from the set of The Lion King. The original source of the photos, @disneyfilmfacts, has since deleted their tweet after having been contacted by Disney regarding the error.
The first behind-the-scenes photos of Mufasa have surfaced from Disney's live-action remake of the animated classic The Lion King.
The images of King of the Pride Lands showcase that the stars of the film will be a mixture of CGI and animatronics.
James Earl Jones (Star Wars) reprises his voice role as Mufasa from the original animated feature, joined by an impressive roster of talent: Donald Glover (Solo: A Star Wars Story) as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange) as Scar, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumba, John Oliver as Zazu and Beyoncé as Nala.
— The Nerdy Basement (@nerdy_basement) July 9, 2018
After successes like The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King is falling in line with other upcoming Disney remakes next year. Aladdin is set to be released in May 2019, starring Will Smith as the voice of Genie, and Tim Burton will bring the 1941 classic Dumbo to live action in March 2019, with a cast led by Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito.
From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Directed by Jon Favreau, The Lion King is set to hit theaters July 19, 2019.