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The Lion King remake won't be exactly the same as the 1994 animated classic as director Jon Favreau promises it will tell the story 'in a different way'

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a bird sitting on top of a grass covered field: Similar, but different: The Lion King remake won't be exactly the same as the 1994 animated classic as director Jon Favreau promised on Friday that it will tell the story 'in a different way' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Similar, but different: The Lion King remake won't be exactly the same as the 1994 animated classic as director Jon Favreau promised on Friday that it will tell the story 'in a different way' It's the latest remake of a Disney classic from the iconic animation studio.

And director Jon Favreau has promised fans that the film will not be shot-for-shot the same as the 1994 original, as they intend to approach the story 'in a different way'.

Speaking to USA Today on Friday, the Iron Man director said: 'The original holds up incredibly well, so the challenge here was to tell a story in a different way but still deliver on people's expectations while surprising them somehow.' 

While Favreau attested that there will be some differences in the live-action remake, the haunting new trailer for the film proved to be quite similar to the Disney classic.

Both the live action and cartoon follows young lion Simba, who is set to follow in his father Mufasa's footsteps and become the King of the Pride Lands.

However, after his father is killed at the hands of his uncle Scar, Simba is convinced he is at fault and flees into exile, only returning as an adult to challenge the villain for his rightful place as King. 

a drawing of a person: Plans: Speaking to USA Today, the Iron Man director said: 'The original holds up incredibly well, so the challenge here was to tell a story in a different way but still deliver' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Plans: Speaking to USA Today, the Iron Man director said: 'The original holds up incredibly well, so the challenge here was to tell a story in a different way but still deliver'

Recreated in spectacular CGI, the live-action uses the same motion-capture technology that was used to bring the animals in Favreau's 2016 adaptation of The Jungle Book to life.

It sees Donald Glover take on the lead role of Simba, while Beyonce plays his love interest Nala, and Zazu will be portrayed by John Oliver. 

The malevolent Scar will be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, after previously being voiced by Jeremy Irons in the animation.

While the adaptation does boast an impressive new cast, James Earl Jones returns to voice his same role from the 1994 animated classic, King Mufasa. 

a close up of an animal: Iconic: It  follows young lion Simba, who is set to follow in his father Mufasa's footsteps and become the King of the Pride Lands, until the former is killed by his brother Scar

Iconic: It  follows young lion Simba, who is set to follow in his father Mufasa's footsteps and become the King of the Pride Lands, until the former is killed by his brother Scar
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

Disney has set a July 19, 2019 release date for The Lion King, which is currently the only movie slated for release on that date.

The Lion King is one of 10 movies Disney has slated for release in 2019, which could be the studio's biggest year to date.

Other Disney movies opening next year include Dumbo (March 29), Avengers 4 (May 3, 2019), Toy Story 4 (June 21, 2019) and Star Wars 9 (December 20, 2019).

Pictures: Here's the cast of Disney's 'The Lion King' remake and who they're playing (INSIDER)

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