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‘The Lion King’ Cast Share Their Experiences Making The Photorealistic Reimagining
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THE LION KING

Disney’s The Lion King (2019) may be a near reflection of the animated original, but director Jon Favreau’s use of groundbreaking and innovative Photo Real technology allows audiences to experience a familiar story in a whole new way. But not only did Favreau use these sets of tools for the reimagining, but he also brought in a cast that would help carry the film. Comprised of mostly black actors, this new take on The Lion King is a celebration of African culture and an opportunity for young black children to feel that they matter.

Geeks Of Doom joined their fellow journalists at the global press conference of The Lion King where Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba, Eric Andre, John Kani, JD McCrary, and Shahadi Wright Joseph shared their own experience making the film, being able to improv and riff, the legacy of the animated original, identity, and so much more. Check out what they had to say here below.

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Movie Review: The Lion King (2019)
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The Lion King

The Lion King
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Jeff Nathanson
Cast: Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | Minutes: 118
Release Date: July 19, 2019

When it comes to Disney animated films, The Lion King is considered to be one of the studio’s shining crown jewels. Released 25 years ago, the film raised the bar on animation and storytelling so high that it made it nearly impossible for any other animated feature from other studios to come close to its quality and standards. As such, there is no denying the film’s place within the Disney animation pantheon.

We then flash forward to 2019, when director Jon Favreau took the lessons that he learned from making the live-action The Jungle Book, and used tools and techniques to tell a beloved story in a new way that is visually bold and striking. Backed by a terrific voice cast including Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles, Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen, The Lion King roars with astounding pride. But as great as it is and how respectful it is to honor the original, this reimagining’s major issue is that it takes too little risk to separate itself from its animated counterpart. This new take matches the story almost beat for beat. However, the new cast gives it a refreshing spin, and the visuals help audiences see the film from a completely new perspective. My full review below.

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‘The Lion King’ Images: The Cast Meets Their Animal Characters
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The Lion King

Disney’s reimagining of their 1994 animated classic The Lion King is set to hit theaters later this month, and in anticipation of the film’s release, the studio has unveiled a brand new batch of photos.

But these aren’t your ordinary photos. Since the film touts some of the most advanced photorealistic technology to date, it matches the cast with the respective characters they are voicing. Check out the images below.

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‘The Lion King’ TV Spot: Hear Beyoncé As Nala
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The Lion King Nala

The marketing campaign for Disney’s upcoming The Lion King has relied a lot more on the visual than the auditory. We haven’t heard much from the cast, at least not directly. Any dialogue heard came from characters that are out of sight.

But that all changes with this new TV spot which reveals Beyoncé Knowles as the voice of Nala. Check out the TV Spot below.

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‘The Lion King’ Character Posters and Special Preview Video Reminds Us Of The One True King
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Disney has released 11 new posters for director Jon Favreau‘s retelling of The Lion King. The film features the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, JD McCrary as young Simba, and Shahadi Wright Joseph as young Nala. The new posters feature each of these characters.

Based on the 1994 animated film of the same name, pioneering filmmaking techniques have been used to bring the iconic characters to the big screen in a whole new way. In addition to the new posters, Disney has also released a special preview of the upcoming film that highlights all of the visual effects that are used to bring these animals to life. You can check out all of the posters and the video below.

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‘Luke Cage’ Star Alfre Woodard Joins Disney’s ‘The Lion King’
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Alfre Woodard To Voice Sarabi in The Lion King

Another has been added to the cast of Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King, with Luke Cage star Alfre Woodard signing on.

Woodard will be voicing the mother of Simba and mate of Mufasa, Sarabi. The character was voiced in the original animated movie by the late Madge Sinclair.

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SDCC 2017: ‘Black Panther’ Panel Steps Into The Spotlight
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Marvel's SDCC 2017 Black Panther Logo

At San Diego Comic-Con, following a rousing trailer, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, title star Chadwick Boseman, and fellow co-stars Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, and Letitia Wright took the stage. While a trailer was released a few weeks ago, the cast and directors were on hand to talk a little bit about the film.

More on the story from SDCC 2017 below.

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First ‘Black Panther’ Poster Released; Teaser Trailer To Air During NBA Finals
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Marvel Studios has just dropped the first teaser poster for Ryan Coogler‘s (Creed) Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, who reprises the titular character which debuted in Captain America: Civil War. Check out the poster here below.

Based on previous reports, the film will have a Game of Thrones-esque story that will see our hero battling to keep the throne of Wakanda.

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Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Cast Announced As Film Heads Into Production
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Black Panther

Marvel has just released the full cast for Black Panther, the newest chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reprising his role as the title character is Chadwick Boseman, who was first introduced to us in Captain America: Civil War. He joins previously confirmed actors Michael B. Jordan as the evil Erik Killmonger; Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira as Nakia and Okoyo, respectively, both of whom are members of the Dora Milaje; Martin Freeman, who will be reprising his role as Everett Ross; Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi; Florence Kasumba as Ayo, whom we first saw in Civil War; Angela Bassett as Ramonda, T’Challa’s mother; and Forest Whitaker as Zuri, an adviser to T’Challa.

More on who else is part of the cast as well as a brief plot synopsis in the full story below.

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