As shown in the new trailer of “The Lion King” that life can have its ups and downs. Youung Simba is taught this lesson in the new trailer for Disney’s movie, which dropped Wednesday, 100 days ahead of opening night.
“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance,” Mufasa (James Earl Jones) tells Simba (JD McCrary) as he surveys the savannah. “While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.”
A darker note comes from Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the hyena pack, who intimidate Simba and Young Nala (Shahadi Wright Joseph) as the two little ones walk together in a infertile part of the jungle.
“Life’s not fair, is it, my little friend?,” Scar says. “While some are born to feast, others spend their lives in the dark, begging for scraps.”
Which fate awaits the young Lion King? And how long is it until the comic relief, to be provided by warthog Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) and meerkat Timon (Billy Eichner)?
Those questions will be answered — at least for those who’ve never seen the 1994 animated film, or the Broadway show, or the touring show, or the Disney on Ice version (it exists!) — when ‘The Lion King’ hits theatres July 19.