The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile.
Directed by Jon Favreau from a script written by Jeff Nathanson, The Lion Kingstars Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. "I don't get one iota of this.' No, I get, like, a smattering at best".
And at the reception for their wedding a year ago, Sir Elton performed the original film's theme song, Circle of Life, for the 600 guests gathered at Windsor Castle.
While Hans Zimmer (who composed the music for the original 1994 film) will also have his place in the new soundtrack, alongside Elton John and Childish Gambino, Beyoncé seems to have taken advantage of the film's promotion to sign a love letter to Africa.
The Grammy victor also explained how much the original film has impacted his music over the years as well as his life. We made it. We're all in a room with Beyoncé. That could probably go without saying (I mean, these people have professional stylists!), but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the celebrities were all stunning at this premiere.
From the photo of the end credits, Chance the Rapper plays a bush baby, even though he recently revealed that he originally tried out for the role of Simba.
A quarter-century has passed since the release of the hand-drawn Lion King film: one turn of the Circle of Life exactly.