Anticipation for Disney’s rollout of live action adaptations can sometimes be lukewarm, but that’s clearly not the case with “The Lion King.”
The teaser trailer for the upcoming “live action” feature — which is really just photoreal animation — accumulated 224.6 million views globally in its first 24 hours, becoming Disney’s most watched trailer in a day. Across all studios, it’s the second most watched teaser, behind that of “Avengers: Infinity War,” which tallied 238 million views.
The stunning trailer showcased the near-photorealistic CGI, which is probably why Disney is calling it live-action. The video featured Mufasa’s “everything the light touches” speech, and shows baby Simba being introduced by Rafiki to the gathering at Pride Rock.
“The Lion King” is set to hit theaters on July 19, 2019.