90s baby or not, ‘The Lion King’ is a film that has a special place in everyone’s heart. The 1994 film tugs a chord with people of all ages. Naturally, everyone seems to be waiting for its larger than life remake. And we’re not surprised, it’s The Lion King we’re talking about.
The remake of the film seems to get us more good news than we signed up for. Turns out, Shah Rukh Khan, arguably B-town the biggest star, and his son, Aryan are going to voice the father-son characters in the Hindi version. While Shah Rukh will breathe a new life to Mufasa, the well-loved wise leader of the Pride Lands, Aryan will lend his role for Simba, the film’s central character.
Shah Rukh said in a statement, “The Lion King is that one movie that my entire family loves the most and it holds a very special place in our hearts. As a father, I can totally relate with Mufasa and the endearing relationship he shares with his son – Simba. The legacy of Lion King is timeless and being a part of this iconic re-imagining with my son Aryan makes it extra special for me. We are most excited that AbRam is going to watch this.”
Shahrukh additionally also tweeted a picture of the two, wearing Indian Cricket Team jersey, ahead of the Indo-Pak clash at the World Cup. Quite the tease!
Bikram Duggal, Head, Studio Entertainment, Disney India, said, “The Lion King is a classic that epitomizes Disney’s prowess of bringing heartwarming stories that are timeless and transcend generations. Now with the re-imagined version, our aim is to reach out to a wider audience; introducing the tale about a pride of lions to a whole new generation of audiences while forging a deeper connection with existing fans. We cannot imagine having a better voice cast than Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan to bring the characters of Mufasa and Simba to life in Hindi.”
The Lion King is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and is based on a screenplay penned by Jeff Nathanson. The original animated classic is one of the most recognisable Disney films and it will be incredibly difficult for the newer version to come close to the impact the original has had.
The Lion King releases on July 19, 2019 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.