A few weeks ahead of the release of ‘The Lion King,’ Disney has unveiled a sneak peek at the behind scenes of the movie. The video features Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner, who voice Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon respectively, working in the sound booth in a studio. In the shots that follow, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are seen recording their version of “Hakuna Matata” along with Glover.
“You guys sounded great,” Glover says in the featurette followed by Rogen’s famous chuckle.
“Hakuna Matata” is one of the most anticipated tracks from the upcoming live-action remake of the 1994 animated classic of the same name. The two-and-a-half-minute clip also showcases director Jon Favreau and the ensemble cast share their experiences of being part of the remake before revealing some actual sequences from the film.
“We’re really giving them the time to do it right,” Favreau praises his visual effects team in the clip, “That was relatively early footage, rushed for that event because we wanted to get it out. But I’m here working with them. It’s a lot of the same people I worked with on Jungle Book. There was probably a big learning curve for me on that one. Now I’m up to speed and I’m used to working with all of them, and I know what the tech could do and there’s all-new tech. A lot of the consumer facing VR stuff that’s out there that wasn’t out there back around the time of Jungle Book.”
Favreau also shared some new portraits of the characters from the movie alongside the respective voice actors on his Twitter handle. Chiwetel Ejiofor lends his voice to Scar and John Oliver voices Zazu. Beyonce joins the voice cast as Simba’s love interest Nala. James Earl Jones who voiced Mufasa in the 1994 movie returns as the same character for the remake. Favreau directs the movie from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson.
On June 23, Disney unveiled a new trailer for the remake with Beyoncé and Donald Glover singing the iconic ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight.’
“This has been a really incredible experience,” says Glover in the Featurette, “I’ve never seen anything made this way before, the level of care where everyone knows how much it means and everyone is invested.”
‘The Lion King’ hits theaters on July 19, 2019.
Check out the featurette below.
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