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“The Lion King” gets an official Disney+ release date

Disney+ has finally let fans know when they will see Simba, Nala, and all of their favorite characters of ‘The Lion King’ live-action adaptation, which premiered earlier this year.

More than 20 years have passed since Disney released the original ‘The Lion King’ film to incredible success. Disney premiered a CGI remake of the film earlier this year with an incredible voice cast: Donald Glover as adult Simba, Beyoncé as adult Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon, and Seth Rogen as Pumba.

“Everybody’s got their own formula. I’m not saying this is the way you do it, but it’s the way I’ve done it,” director Jon Favreau said during an interview with Variety about the film. “You don’t want to reinvent it completely. You want people to see it and be able to say, ‘I saw The Lion King.’ Just like when I went to see the play. I went to see the play. I had seen the movie, and I said, ‘I saw The Lion King.‘ Now the play is an hour longer and has different songs, different scenes but somehow it captured the essence of the film. You would casually say it’s the same exact story.”

However, when Disney+ launched in November, the film was missing from the streaming library. But that’s temporary. The film will be available on the streaming platform from January 28, 2020.

Nevertheless, while they wait for the addition of the 2019’s live adaptation, they can watch the original 1994 film and its sequels and spin-offs on the streaming service, such as The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, The Lion King 1½, and Disney Junior’s The Lion Guard.

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