'The Lion King' Live Action Trailer Released

The first trailer for the new live action adaptation of The Lion King has dropped - and, frankly, it looks pretty spectacular. Look at all that fur! I can see every hair! This is what CGI was designed for, right?

The film follows a recent trend in classic Disney films being remade for modern audiences - including Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book, with Dumbo and Aladdin also on the cards.

But The Lion King is arguably one of the most highly anticipated, given that the original animated version was recently voted the best animated film of all time. Let's face it, it's the one we all remember as kids - not only did it teach us about life's biggest motto ('Hakuna Matata', obvs), it also taught us how to deal with grief, among many other big life lessons.

As you know, the film follows a young lion called Simba as he grows up to be King of the Pride Lands - helped along the way by two absolute jokers, Timon and Pumbaa, while his Uncle Scar tries to stand in his way.

Except it turns out that Scar probably isn't Simba's uncle, or Mufasa's brother.


"[While making the movie] we talked about the fact that it was very likely they [Scar and Mufasa] would not have both the same parents," Producer Don Hahn explained to Hello Giggles.

"The way lions operate in the wild... when the male lion gets old, another rogue lion comes and kills the head of the pride.

"What that does is it causes the female lions to go into heat [to reproduce], and then the new younger lion kills the king and then he kills all the babies. Now he's the new lion that's running the pride."

He continued: "There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two [male] lions? Occasionally there are prides that do have two male lions, in an interesting dynamic because they're not equals [since they don't have the same parents].

"One lion will always kind of be off in the shadows. We were trying to use those animal truths to underpin the story so we sort of figured Scar and Mufasa couldn't really be from the same gene pool."

Apparently Scar even said so himself during the film. Don revealed: "There's a line, he goes, 'I'm from the shallow end of the gene pool.' When he's talking to Mufasa, when Mufasa gets mad at him for not coming up to the coronation of Simba."

So we guess Scar could just be Simba's uncle in the same way that all your mum and dad's mates are known as 'Aunty Sue' or 'Uncle Dave'? Mind blown.

Featured Image Credit: Walt Disney

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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