Oh yes, you read that right!
Disney has indeed announced that a Lion King movie AND a TV series will be hitting our screens very soon!
The movie will follow the story of Simba and Nala's second son, Kion. Alongside a group of his pals, including a honey badger, a hippo, an egret and a cheetah, he will adventure around the pride lands. Solving problems and dealing with obstacles in his way, he will endeavor to prove himself as leader of the Lion Guard, a sort of military of the land. A news release for the show reads:
"Throughout the movie and the series, the diverse team of young animals will learn how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to maintain balance within the Circle of Life, while also introducing young viewers to the vast array of animals that populate the prodigious African landscape."
Both the movie and TV series will feature Rob Lowe as the voice of Simba and actress Gabrielle Union (remember her from Being Mary Jane and as the bitchy cheerleader in Bring It On?) as Nala:
And while their cub Kion will be voiced by Max Charles, arguably the best part of the casting announcement is that Simba's father and our one true king lives on because James Earl Jones will be returning to reprise his role as Mufasa! HOORAY!
And that's not all! Disney has released a short clip of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, in which Kion uses his mighty roar to protect a friend from those pesky hyenas. Check it out!
Kion looks just like Simba but with a fauxhawk, don't you think?
In fact, thinking back, he looks EXACTLY like Simba during his transformation from lion cub into a teenage lion, to adult. And if you don't believe me, take a look at this snap shot of the midpoint of 'Hakuna Matata':
See what I mean? The resemblance is uncanny!
When will the movie and series be released?
The series, which will start airing on Disney Junior in January, will be preceded by the movie on Disney Channel in November. Even though the Junior channel is targeted at kids slightly younger than those that would have watched the original Lion King, I doubt I speak just for myself when I say I'll probably also be watching!
Because, c'mon! It's the Lion King - quite possibly the BEST DISNEY MOVIE EVER!