The Lion King: Footage from Jon Favreau directed live action adaptation at D23

A shot-for-shot recreation of 'The Circle of Life' was shown

Jack Shepherd
Sunday 16 July 2017 11:05 BST

Despite the majority of the world couldn’t attend Disney’s latest fan convention, D23, the company has decided to hold back footage from the Internet.

However, that hasn’t prevented numerous descriptions of everything that happened appearing online, including people’s accounts of the Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2 trailers.

There was also a clip from Jon Favreau’s Lion King played to the packed audience, itself an almost shot-for-shot recreation of "The Circle of Life” from the original animation.

The scene saw rhinos, zebra, elephants and other animals gather around a huge rock where Rafiki presents the new baby Simba to the world.

“Jon Favreau's ‘Circle of Life’ plays out exactly like you might remember, but that baby Simba is EVEN cuter,” wrote Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan of the footage.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Aaron Couch called the clip “absolutely stunning”, while Gizmodo reporter Germain Lussier wrote on Twitter: “I can't stop crying”.

So far, Donald Glover has been announced as the voice of Simba, James Earl Jones will return as Mufasa, John Oliver as Zazu, along with Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner playing Pumbaa and Timon.

Meanwhile, at D23, the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of Aladdin was announced, with Will Smith confirmed to voice the Genie.

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