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The New Lion King Trailer Is Already Breaking Records For Disney

Everything the light touches is box office gold.

The teaser trailer for the Lion King remake dropped on Friday, and in response, Disney fans dropped everything and flocked to pay tribute.

The Lion King‘s teaser trailer, which recreates the opening scene of the beloved 1994 animated film, has become the second most watched trailer in one day of any studio ever. According to Entertainment Weekly, The Lion King‘s new trailer was viewed 224.6 million times on its first day, only behind the trailer for this year’s Avengers: Infinity War, which gained 238 million views the day of its release.

The new Lion King is, of course, not actually live action, as studios largely abandoned Homeward Bound-style acting animals after the ’90s. Instead, Disney is using photo-realistic animation to bring to life the timeless tale of lion meets meerkat and warthog. James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, while Donald Glover will voice Simba,  Beyoncé will voice Nala, and Chiwetel Ejiofor will voice Scar.

The Lion King is expected to arrive 19 July 2019.