The King has returned.
Fans have been eagerly anticipating a closer look at this year’s live-action remake of The Lion King since its announcement late last year. This morning, their prayers were answered.
The new official trailer begins with the voice of Scar, who is basically a canon queer Disney villain, speaking about the inequality that animals face in the jungle. We then get a shot of Scar flanked by his hyena henchmen.
The trailer goes on to recreate some iconic moments from the animated film, including the sequence where main character Simba, voiced by Donald Glover, grows up from a cub to a lion alongside his adopted same-sex parents Timon and Pumbaa, voiced by gay actor Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, respectively.
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One voice was noticeably absent from the trailer: Beyonce, who voices Nala, Simba’s childhood friend and love interest. (Although we do get a closer look at Nala towards the end of the clip.) While the trailer has yet to show Beyonce speak, Eichner has said in a podcast interview that hearing Beyonce sing in The Lion King brought him to tears. Here’s hoping the next trailer gives us more of Queen Bey—and, perhaps that epic Elton John song.
The Lion King hits theatres July 19.