The new 'Lion King' poster channels a classic one from 17 years ago and gives us our first glimpse of Mufasa

DisneyA new poster for ‘The Lion King’ shows us Mufasa for the first time.
  • Disney released a new teaser for “The Lion King” remake during the Oscars that didn’t really show off much new footage.
  • What you should be excited about is a new poster that was also revealed. It gives us our first glimpse of Mufasa in the movie.
  • “The Lion King” will be in theatres July 19, 2019.

Disney released a new teaser trailer for its upcoming “The Lion King” movie. If you were hoping for more new footage from the movie and reveals of some of its other characters like Scar, Timon, and Pumbaa, you were out of luck.

While the teaser didn’t offer up much exciting new footage, Disney also released a new poster for the movie that had people talking.

Not only does the poster channel one for the animated movie’s theatrical release, but it also gives us our first glimpse of Mufasa. Take a look:

The lion king posterDisneyDo you have serious feels yet?

There are a few takeaways from this poster, but the biggest is that we’re getting our first real look at Mufasa.

The lion king posterDisneyMufasa is giving his son an important lesson early on in ‘The Lion King.’

The poster depicts a scene from early on in the animated movie when King Mufasa tells Simba that everything the light touches is part of their kingdom. Directly after, the two walk among the plains and Mufasa tells his son that they are all connected in the great circle of life.


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If the poster itself felt familiar, it’s because it channels another one from the theatrical IMAX re-release of “The Lion King” in December 2002, which uses the same warm colour palette.

Here they are larger, side by side:

Lion king postersDisney; composite by Kirsten Acuna/INSIDERBoth posters feature the sunrise. The main difference is how Mufasa is depicted in both posters. In the 2002 poster, he’s shown to always be with Simba. In the new poster, he’s a guiding force in Simba’s life, imparting lessons which will stay with him when older.

Disney’s marketing for the movie is heavily leaning on the nostalgia factor for the movie. Its first teaser trailer was a near recreation of the animated movie’s opening.

One more thing to take note of on the poster is the order of the voice talent listed at the top.

The lion king posterDisneyThe voice cast of ‘The Lion King’ remake.

Seth Rogen is second to Donald Glover’s Simba, suggesting Rogen’s role as Pumbaa may be larger than what we thought. His name appears before Chiwetel Ejiofor, who voices the villain, Scar, and a few spots ahead of Billy Eichner, who lends his voice to Timon. And, yes, in case you were worried, James Earl Jones is returning to reprise his role as the King of Pride Rock.

“The Lion King” will be in theatres July 19, 2019.

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