The First ‘Lion King’ Teaser Trailer Is Here And We’re All Thinking The Same Thing

The Lion King, Beyonce, Donald Glover

The beloved Disney flick The Lion King is one of the many films currently on the long list of remakes for 2019, but with Thursday night’s release of the first teaser trailer, we officially have to bury our cynicism and embrace the old and the new together. It. Looks. So Good.

The teaser is a shot by shot remake of the beloved 1994 classic, with the birth of Simba announced and celebrated by the animal kingdom. The Disney classic “The Circle of Life” plays over the clip, which includes Mufasa’s famous line, “Everything the light touches is our kingdom. But a king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day the sun will set on my time here and will rise with you as the new king.”

The desert may be hot, but we have chills.

The upcoming remake boasts an all-star cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, Chiwetel Ejiofo as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, and to come full circle on our childhoods, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, once again. Adulthood has not prepared us for these emotions.

For those worried the new reboot will sully their memory of the original, director Jon Favreau is staying true to the Disney classic, with the teaser a shot-by-shot remake of the 1994 animated film.

In less than 24 hours, the trailer is already the number one trending video on YouTube, having been watched more than 10 million times. Many of these views are from ’90s kids who are ready to relive their childhoods.

But even with all the excitement over the upcoming film (Donald! Beyoncé! Hakuna Matata!), there is still one issue that many viewers are dealing with after viewing the trailer.

Oh yeah, we’re going to have to watch Mufasa die again.

Spoiler, but it happened 24 years ago and we’re still not okay.

The move from animation to CGI isn’t make anyone feel better.

Prepare yourself, if you can.

It’s the circle of life, right?

The Lion King arrives in theatres on July 19, 2019.