Disney has released a new set of photos featuring the main cast of The Lion King facing the characters they voice in the film.
Although Disney's next "live-action" remake will be comprised entirely of CGI recreations of the iconic characters, some big names will be voicing the animated animals, and the new photos showcase the film's principal cast locking eyes with their counterparts.
The photos include Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen and John Oliver as Timon, Pumbaa and Zazu, respectively, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba and Eric André as Kamari, Shenzi and Azizi, respectively, and JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Simba and Young Nala, respectively. The film will also feature James Earl Jones returning to voice Mufasa and John Kani voicing Rafiki.
Aside from Jones, the new cast will be stepping into some firmly established territory, and it won't just be the voice acting, as the actors will also try their hand at some of the original movie's famous songs. In a recent TV spot, we heard Donald Glover and Beyoncé sing "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," proving the film will utilize both the acting and vocal talents of its leads.
With the film's release just around the corner, expect more teases like this in the coming weeks.
Opening in theaters on July 19, director Jon Favreau's The Lion King features the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones.