If you were watching the Oscars on Sunday night, you got an early look at next year's winner for Best Visual Effects during the commercial break. A special one-minute spot for Jon Favreau's "live-action" remake of The Lion King was Disney's big moment, especially since they lost Best Animated Feature for the first time since the 2007 ceremony.
The ad didn't give us a different look than the teaser did three months ago – or from the original movie’s trailer, but I digress – it's sure to keep fans satiated until a full trailer drops, probably before Captain Marvel. Unlike many of my peers, I haven't gone for any of Disney's shameless nostalgia mining. Personally, I'm a little offended that they're regularly making a billion dollars on the laziest possible series of projects. I'd rather them re-release their classics on the big screen, but that's just me.
The Lion King boasts an all-star voice cast, including Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa, John Oliver as Zazu, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa. Check out the poster below.
The Lion King opens July 19, just a month after the original film's 25th anniversary.