It all looked so good on paper. Donald Glover and Beyonce and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner. James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa. Disney’s live-action Lion King remake had hype oozing out of its ears before we had so much of a glimpse. Now, we have our first look.

Seems like it’s all paid off. Check out this trailer.

We have myriad takeaways, not the least of which is…live-action Simba can come home with us and we will love him and nurture him and we don’t care that a lion for a pet is a terrible idea look at him, man!

Live-action Rafiki: In! Teaser shot of the wildebeest stampede: In! A shot-for-shot recreation of the Pride Rock sequence: In! And yo, lining up the cast billing to hit with the beats of “Circle of Life”…we are IN IN IN.

This movie is climbing the ranks of our most anticipated of 2019. We’ll be able to see how it all paid off on July 19.