‘Simba’ Actor Donald Glover Reveals How ‘The Lion King’ Remake Differs From 1994 Original

The global press conference for Disney’s “The Lion King” held in Beverly Hills, California, on July 10, 2019. | The Christian Post/Leah Klett

Disney’s live-action reimagining of “The Lion King” is different from the 1994 original because it reflects the “global” nature of the modern world, Donald Glover, who stars as “Simba,” said.

The cast and crew of Disney’s “The Lion King” gathered in Los Angeles, California, Wednesday for a news conference to promote the film that will be released on July 19.

In attendance were director Jon Favreau, along with stars Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, John Kani, Hans Zimmer, Lebo M, Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba, Eric Andre, and Billy Eichner. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, who voices Nala, was not in attendance.

Following a rousing rendition of “The Circle of Life” performed by Lebo M and Clydene Jackson, along with a choir, the cast and crew discussed the reimagining of the classic film during the hourlong conference.

When asked what drew him to the role of Simba, Glover said he wanted the Disney remake to be a “global and metropolitan” film.

“[Favreau] was really good about the circle of life having a major hand in it,” the popular singer and actor said. “I really feel that it’s good to make movies that are global and metropolitan in a sense of citizens of the world and making sure we talk about how connected we are right now. It’s the first time we’ve really been able to talk to everybody at the same time. It was a necessary thing. He was really good about talking about that very upfront in the beginning.”

Glover, often known as his stage name, Childish Gambino, added that his son, Legend, loved the film — even though he was unaware of his father’s involvement in it.

“My son saw it last night and was freaking out,” Glover said. “I didn’t tell him anything, I really didn’t. It’s his favorite movie so I was like, ‘I’ll just wait until he gets there.’ But somehow he found out about it, but still didn’t know I was in it. He was just like, ‘Oh, the one with Beyoncé.’ And then during the movie, ‘Oh, dad’s in it too! This is great! A bonus.'”

Three years in the making, “The Lion King” uses the same photorealistic computer-animated techniques as Favreau’s previous film, 2016’s “The Jungle Book.” A heroic tale of good versus evil, this hyper-realistic reimagining brings to life beloved characters of Simba, Nala, Rafiki, and the others.

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