The Lion King is one of the most anticipated live-action remakes from Disney's classic catalog; it will follow in the footsteps of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, and Maleficent.
It remains to be seen whether the live action version of the original film will be able to repeat the enormous huge critical and commercial success The Lion King received.
There was also a clip from Jon Favreau's Lion King played to the packed audience, itself an nearly shot-for-shot recreation of "The Circle of Life" from the original animation. Much like the Jungle Book you wouldn't be able to tell these were not real animals.
Jackman joins a stellar voice cast, with those already confirmed including John Oliver as Zazu, Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and original Mufasa voice actor James Earl Jones reprising his role.
Regardless, the cast Favreau's assembled, who'll be lending their voices and motion-capture performances to the film, is absolutely stacked. This does ultimately mean that Jeremy Irons will not return in the role that he made famous in the original animated feature, but Jackman is a worthy successor. Alas with what Jackman's representatives have said, it seems there's zero room for Jackman being involved.
I don't know if you heard, but Disney is on a live-action remake tear right now.
The Lion King is due out some time next year. However, with the show set for release on July 19, 2019, the team still has a lot of work to do.