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Roaring ‘eck, can you believe there’s about to be a brand spanking new Lion King movie? The first single ‘Spirit’ by Bey has been released, and I for one have had it stuck in my head for longer than it took to create this remake! In fact, hysteria has spread like wild fire across the plains of London, what with the release date being TOMORROW! And the mane event was undeniably that whopping great premiere which took place in the city this week, and witnessed all sorts of random celebs having DMC’s, including Pharrell Williams chatting to Prince Harry about marriage…

Anyway, back to the actual reason of this piece. The Lion King has been remade, and due to it being arguably the biggest hit from the Disney renaissance era, 90s babies all round are cowering behind sofas in the hope that the 2019 live-action reboot promises all of the best scenes from the original. However, as Rafiki would say, “change is good,” so we won’t be too disheartened either way, we just want to watch it!

What do we know so far?

Well, Beyoncé is in it! So, I mean, it’s already a great movie. However, there has been some speculation that her voiceover sounds “way too much like Beyoncé” – strange that… The world famous songstress has released a special new album too, The Lion King: The Gift, and Blue Ivy makes a scene-stealing cameo in mom Beyoncé’s new music video for Spirit, which, yep, I’ve re-watched hundreds of times, don’t @ me!

The movie comes as the result of Jon Favreau’s photo-realistic retake and features fabulous talent – Beyoncé yes, and Donald Glover as Simba too! The cast is pretty spectacular in fact. You’ll see Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, and John Oliver as Timon, Pumbaa, and Zazu, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. Where’s my part? Who knows.

They’ve also had some seriously sexy photos taken which you can cast an eye at here…

As we’ve not actually watched the film, we’re just going off the trailer and boy are the visuals epic! It kinda looks like a Sir David Attenborough doc that’s gone all pantomime on us. And, to be honest, we’re not surprised visuals and audios are on point given Disney’s track record with filmography… they flippin’ made Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1937! Did TV even exist?! How did they watch it?!

Anyway, I believe it’s going to be a great movie – close to 25 years since the original was made – and knowing that director Jon Favreau is the guy behind 2003’s Elf, our hopes are hella high!

Catch the Lion King tomorrow at, like, every cinema everywhere!