Less than a month before The Lion King hits theaters, a new image from the live-action Disney remake has been released. Like most of the promotional material that's been seen so far, this photo recreates a moment from the original 1995 animated film: Mufasa, king of the Pridelands, taking a report from Zazu, his majordomo, as the young Simba listens.
The still from the movie, made available online by Empire, is a good example of how differently some scenes will appear even if they closely follow the script of the original.
The character Zazu, a red-billed hornbill, is shown with proportions and colors accurate to his real-world species, which brings up questions about how much the personalities of the animals will change to fit their new realistic appearance. While the cartoonish characters of the original movie were depicted in the same visual style, the image of two life-like, and life-size, lions interacting with a small bird is somewhat odd.
In the extended edition of The Lion King and the Broadway musical developed from it, the scene depicted becomes an upbeat song, "The Morning Report." While it's not yet known which songs will be included in the remake, this new version of Zazu could also be singing his heart out in this particular scene.
Opening July 19, director Jon Favreau's The Lion King stars 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, with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones.