Disney‘s live-action take on ‘The Lion King’ is easily one of modern cinema’s most anticipated movies.
And its buzz was just cranked up a notch courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
The magazine has unleashed a striking set of stills from the Jon Favreau production, which is anchored by Donald Glover (as Simba) and Beyonce (as Nala).
Showcasing the incredible artistry that has gone into re-creating the film’s backdrop, the shots arrive two weeks after the first full length trailer for the flick was uncaged.
Beyond providing up-close looks at the likes of Simba, Scar, and Rafiki, the feature saw director Favreau open up about Beyonce’s involvement in what many are already deeming the film of the decade.
Dive below for more on ‘The Lion King’ (which hits theaters worldwide on July 19th)…
Favreau via EW:
Yet for a star of Beyoncé’s stature, the scrappy black-box stage of The Lion King may arguably be the most intimate she’s performed on in years. “Although her persona onstage is bigger than life, she’s very down to earth and is very much dedicated to having a life that is human-scale,” says Favreau, who reached out to the singer on the whim that she might be interested in playing Nala. “I think that part of [her joining the film] is that she’s got young kids, part of it is that it’s a story that feels good for this phase of her life and her career, and she really likes the original very much. And then, of course, there are these wonderful musical numbers that she can be involved with, and my God… she really lives up to her reputation as far as the beauty of her voice and talent.”