The Lion King Revisited is an upcoming American animated musical epic drama film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Disney Television Animation. It is a loosely reboot based on The Lion King franchise, particularly The Lion Guard. Plans for the film were confirmed in 2019 following Disney's announcement to reboot The Lion King Reborn, which was executive-produced by Favreau. Favreau was inspired by certain roles of characters in the Broadway adaptation, and developed upon elements of the original film's story. Much of the main cast signed in mid-2019, and principal animation began in July 2019, which lasted for two months. Composers Hans Zimmer, Elton John, and lyricist Tim Rice, all of whom worked on the original's soundtrack, returned to compose the score alongside Beau Black and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, who assisted John in the reworking of the soundtrack. Christopher Willis also composed the film's score when Zimmer was not available at certain times. It features the voice and motion capture performances from Gabrielle Union, Matthew Broderick, Ernie Sabella, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Jason Marsden, Eden Riegel, Diamond White, Alfre Woodard, Lacey Chabert, Madison Pettis, Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Sarah Hyland, Joshua Rush, James Earl Jones and Max Charles.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and as well as "development issues", the film is currently held against its production, but a novelization based on the film was released early. It received polarized reviews from fans and writers, who enjoyed the musical score, songs, direction, visual effects, and voice cast, but criticized the overloaded storylines and subplots, animation, dialogue, long duration, lack of originality, facial emotion on the characters, and perceived departures from the original trilogy of TLK and TLG.
The film required extensive use of computer-generated imagery to portray the animals and settings. It utilized motion capture with certain actors, expressing a desire to avoid overusing the technology in order to prevent evoking an uncanny valley effect.
- Gabrielle Union as Nala
Simba's childhood best friend and future love interest. According to Favreau, the character has a bigger role than in the original film.
- Matthew Broderick as Simba
A lion who is the crown prince of the Pride Lands.
- Ernie Sabella as Pumbaa
A slow-witted warthog who befriends and adopts a young Simba after he runs away from home.
- Jeremy Irons as Scar
The treacherous brother of Mufasa, the brother-in-law of Sarabi and the uncle of Simba who seeks to take the mantle of king of the Pride Lands.
- Nathan Lane as Timon
A wise-cracking meerkat who befriends and adopts a young Simba after he runs away from home.
- Jason Marsden as Kovu
Zira's son, Nuka and Vitani's younger brother, and Kiara's love interest and later husband.
- Eden Riegel as Kiara
Daughter of Simba and Nala and Kovu's love interest and later wife.
- Khary Payton as Rafiki
A wise mandrill who serves as the shaman of the Pride Lands, and a close friend of Mufasa's.
- Edward Hibbert as Zazu
A hornbill who is Mufasa's, then Simba's majordomo and supplies news via the Morning Report of the Pride Lands.
- Sarah Hyland as Tiifu
A lioness friend of Kiara and a member of Simba's Pride who is somewhat more sensible than her constant companion Zuri.
- Alfre Woodard as Sarabi
The Queen of the Pride Lands, Mufasa's wife, and Simba's mother.
- Lacey Chabert as Vitani
Zira's daughter and Nuka and Kovu's sister.
- Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi
The sassy and short-tempered female leader of the hyena trio.
- Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari
An aggressive and hot-headed hyena prone to complaining and acting on impulse.
- Eric Andre as Azizi
A deranged and dim-witted hyena.
- Eddie Redmayne as TBD
- Landry Bender as Makini
A young mandrill who becomes Rafiki's apprentice. She is one of a few characters who know that Kion speaks to the spirit of Mufasa.
- Bryana Salaz as Anga
An eagle who takes over as the keenest of sight from Ono.
- Maia Mitchell as Jasiri
A hyena living in the Outlands who is the leader of the clan and allies with Kion.
- Joshua Rush as Bunga
A honey badger who is the bravest member of the Lion Guard. He is Timon and Pumbaa's adoptive nephew and Kion's best friend.
- Diamond White as Fuli
A cheetah who is the fastest member of the Lion Guard, the only female member (before Anga), Kion's friend and second-in-command.
- Dusan Brown as Beshte
A hippopotamus who is the strongest member of the Lion Guard and Kion's friend.
- Atticus Shaffer as Ono
An egret who is Kion's friend. Ono was the keenest of sight of the Lion Guard until his eyes were damaged while saving Bunga. Despite this, even though Ono respectfully relinquishes his original role to Anga, Kion still keeps him as part of the Lion Guard by giving Ono the new role of the smartest member, due to Ono's vast knowledge of all kinds of animals, the environment and much more.
- Julie Kavner as Ma
Timon's caring mother. She is overly protective and attached to her son, often trying to get him accepted amongst the colony, but never succeeding.
- Jerry Stiller as Uncle Max
Timon's paranoid, eccentric but deep down kind-hearted uncle. He initially doubts Timon's ability, but warms up to him at the film's climax. Stiller, who died in early 2020, appears through the use of repurposed unreleased footage from The Lion King 1½. As a result of his death, Stiller was not present in most of the film's marketing materials or merchandise.
- James Earl Jones as Mufasa
The King of the Pride Lands, Sarabi's husband and the father of Simba. Jones reprises his role from the original 1994 animated film. According to Favreau, Jones' lines remain mostly the same from the original film.
- Max Charles as Kion
A lion who is Simba and Nala's second-born cub, Mufasa's grandson, Kiara's younger brother, the Prince of the Pride Lands and the leader of the Lion Guard as well as its fiercest member. It is said that the film can have more of Kion's time in the Pride Lands and the relationship between him and Scar than from The Lion Guard.
Reprising their roles from The Lion Guard includes Madison Pettis as Zuri, Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Rani, Nika Futterman as Zira, Andy Dick as Nuka, and Christian Slater as Ushari. Characters including Ma Tembo's herd, Bupu's herd, Janja's clan, Twiga, Makuu, Kiburi, Mzingo, Mwoga, Kifaru, Mbeya, Laini, Hadithi, Shujaa, Azaad, Pua, Pinguino, Kiril, Heng-Heng, the Traveling Baboon Show, and the Night Pride are likely to appear.
Behind the scenes
- Main article: The Lion King: Revisited (soundtrack)
- Main article: List of accolades received by The Lion King: Revisited