‘Lion King’ Live-Action Film’s Opening Scene Shown at D23!

There’s already been news that Aladdin has cast two relative unknowns in the lead roles of Aladdin and Jasmine, footage has been shown of Avengers: Infinity War, there’s also been some behind-the-scenes footage of The Last Jedi shown and, according to people on the ground at D23, some incredible footage for The Lion King live-action remake. Obviously, The Lion King will be using a lot of CGI and a lot of green screen, but with the help of VR the crew can get closer to the experience before it’s been properly assembled.

Apparently, Jon Favreau showed off the opening scene from the original – but recreated with the style and visual effects he’s planning to put to use in his version. Favreau was also the genius behind the majorly successful The Jungle Book remake previous year.

Scar was originally voiced by Jeremy Irons in the 1994 cartoon film, and his iconic portrayal would be hard to mimic.

Hugh Jackman might be done playing Wolverine, with the X-Man taking his last stand in this year’s Logan.

Who do you think should play the voice of Scar? James Earl Jones is set to return as Mufasa. Alas with what Jackman’s representatives have said, it seems there’s zero room for Jackman being involved. Variety expressed the singer was Favreau’s top choice for the character, but so far there have been no official announcements.

Despite silence on Jackman, there were major castings confirmed at the D23 expo this weekend, and they belong to fellow Disney movie Aladdin.

Disney also teased its live action remake of its animated classic Dumbo, which has been given a March 29, 2019 release date.

The Lion King, with or without Jackman, will debut on July 19, 2019.