It looks like the legacy of Disney’s The Lion King will live on for a new generation of TV-watching kids. The House of Mouse has announced a November US premiere for its Disney Channel primetime movie The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar.
Developed by Ford Riley (Special Agent Oso), the movie precedes upcoming series The Lion Guard, which is set to bow in early 2016 on Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels worldwide.
The movie was first announced a year ago. It follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes leadership of a team of animals (The Lion Guard) tasked with preserving the Pride Lands.
Voice actors James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella reprise their roles from the original Lion King as Mufasa and Pumbaa, respectively. Meanwhile, Rob Lowe takes on the role of Simba and Gabrielle Union has been cast as Nala.
A special preview of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar will be presented at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on August 16.