United Kingdom: July 19 2019
United States: July 19 2019
Ranking: 390 out of 16,288 movies (up 180)
'The Lion King' returns to the African savannah for the live-action adaptation of one of Disney's most beloved classics. Lion cub and future king, Simba (JD McCrary), idolises his father Mufasa (James Earl Jones), but this doesn't stop him disobeying his direct instructions under the malicious influence of his uncle, Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor). When a fatal stampede takes his father away from him, Simba is persuaded to flee the savannah and he happens upon the larger-than-life warthog, Pumbaa (Seth Rogen), and neurotic meerkat, Timon (Billy Eichner), who decide to raise the cub in a less traditional (i.e. vegetarian) manner. Years later, a fully grown Simba (now voiced by Donald Glover) is found by his childhood friend, Nala (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter), who begs him to return to the savannah and overthrow Scar, under whom the animals live in fear and constant threat. Still struggling with guilt over the circumstances of his father's death, it will take help from the wise Rafiki (John Kani) for Simba to move on from his past and forgive himself in time to save the pride. Created with pioneering cinematographic technology to create photorealistic representations of the African savannah landscape and the creatures that populate, 'The Lion King' is a visually ambition live-action adaptation directed by Jon Favreau.