See Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, Scar and More in First Full-Length Trailer for 'The Lion King'

The Lion King hits theaters on July 19

The countdown to The Lion King is officially on.

In honor of 100 days until Disney’s highly anticipated live-action offering hits theaters, the company has dropped its first full-length trailer that will no doubt will make fans of the 1994 animated classic get emotional.

The nearly 2-minute clip opens with a Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor) voiceover, where he utters, “Life’s not fair, is it?” — a line Jeremy Irons‘ Scar told a mouse in the animated film before hesitantly letting it go.

This time, young Simba (JD McCrary) and Nala (Shahadi Wright Joseph) are frolicking in the treacherous elephant graveyard as Simba’s would-be-king uncle continues his monologue … before we get a chilling glimpse of his face for the very first time.

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Almost every character Lion King fans are acquainted with makes an appearance in the trailer. Zazu (John Oliver), adult Simba (Donald Glover) and Nala (Beyoncé), Rafiki (John Kani), Sarabi (Alfre Woodard) and more grace the screen as the beloved score plays in the background.

“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance,” Mufasa — a role James Earl Jones reprises, 25 years later — tells the young Simba as the two gaze out over their animal kingdom from Pride Rock.

“While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give,” Mufasa continues.

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Viewers are instantly transported back into the most emotional parts of the story — including when Scar orders Simba to “run away” and “never return.”

Many parts of the trailer look cut from the original, scene-for-scene.

The clip ends in a lighthearted note, with Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) singing the opening notes of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

The Lion King hits theaters on July 19.

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