'Lion King' Trailer Nabs Second-Biggest Debut Ever
After the trailer for the upcoming Lion King remake made its debut on Thanksgiving Day, Disney is thanking its “entire pride” for making it their second most-viewed trailer debut from any studio in 24 hours.
The trailer generated 224.6 million global views in 24 hours, according to Disney, coming in second to the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, which attracted 238 million views.
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The studio on Saturday celebrated the trailer's success in an Instagram post.
The remake, from director Jon Favreau, features Donald Glover leading the voice cast as adult lion Simba, while Beyonce — who is credited in the trailer with her last name, Knowles-Carter — voices Nala, a childhood friend and later love interest to Simba.
Glover and Knowles-Carter are joined by James Earl Jones, who reprises his role from the 1994 animated film as the voice of Simba's father Mufasa; Chiwetel Ejiofor as Simba's villainous uncle Scar; Alfre Woodard as Simba's mother Sarabi; child actor JD McCrary as the young version of Simba; Shahadi Wright Joseph as the young Nala; John Kani as the baboon Rafiki; and John Oliver as Mufasa’s confidant, Zazu.
Footage from The Lion King was first teased in summer 2017 at D23. The film marks another remake that Disney has slated to bow next year, which already includes Lady and the Tramp for its upcoming Disney+ streaming service and Tim Burton's Dumbo, which is set to open March 29. Favreau previously had huge success with his remake of The Jungle Book, which grossed $966 million globally.
The original Lion King grossed more than $968 million worldwide.
Favreau's Lion King is set to open July 19.
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