Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2019

Disney teases ‘Lion King’ and ‘Aladdin’ live-action films with new clips, details

Disney is wasting no time after the record breaking success of Avengers: Endgame, teasing their flagpole, live-action films: Aladdin and Lion King, both due later this summer.

The new Lion King trailer from director Jon Favreau continues to point the story fans know and adore with young Simba (Donald Glover), fooled by his uncle Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor) into thinking he’s responsible for the death of his father Mufasa (James Earl Jones), runs away only to return ready to assume the throne and restore the circle of life.

Fans get confirmation of some more favorite and moving moments from the classic film, which will also feature the voices of Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

The Lion King opens July 19th.

Check out the footage and synopsis below.

The Art and Making of Aladdin (Insight Editions / April 30, 2019 / $45.00) treats Aladdin fans to images that capture the visual effects and behind-the-scenes accounts of the Disney film’s new production.

Fans should expect the core story of the animated classic to stay the same, but with a modern twist by director Guy Ritchie.

Speaking with E! News, Ritchie revealed he likes Will Smith for the part of the Genie, saying it makes “me very happy to be making it with him, but the whole thing is very exciting.”

Aladdin stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar, and arrives in theaters May 24th.

The new first clip teases the moments right before Aladdin, in disguise as Prince Ali, and Princess Jasmine hop aboard the magic carpet and break into their classic song, “A Whole New World.” The second clip centers on Aladdin asking the Genie to make him a prince, which the wish-giver explains has a very big “gray area.”

Check it out below, as well as the synopsis.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Lion King:

Disney’s “The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”), journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Synopsis for Aladdin:

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia and Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders.

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