According to a new report, there is "absolutely no truth" to Jackman being attached. It ended with the iconic moment in which Rafiki introduces an adorable young Simba on Pride Rock, as Elton Johns "Circle of Life" is played. Much like the Jungle Book you wouldn't be able to tell these were not real animals. If they are lying and this really is true, Jackman would be joining Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, and newly announced John Oliver as Zazu. James Earl Jones is set to return as Mufasa. Jackman has just recently retired his Adamantium Wolverine claws for good, after his swan song Logan hit theaters earlier this year.
And what we saw was a wonder: animals of every kind traveling across the Serengeti to celebrate the arrival of their new would-be boy king, a scene that will be all too familiar to fans of the 1994 animated classic. The Lion King, which was an animated feature, is now being made as live-action film. Variety expressed the singer was Favreau's top choice for the character, but so far there have been no official announcements. Disney has yet to confirm this just yet, but with D23 now underway, we expect them to do so quite soon. The 1992 flick is also getting it's own live-action remake and Will Smith has been cast as the Genie.
The movie is scheduled to release on July 19, 2019. Note: Disney has not stated when and if it will release this first look at the film.