BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Disney's press conference for its live-action reimagining of "The Lion King" kicked off Wednesday afternoon with a live performance of "The Circle of Life" by soundtrack performers Clydene Jackson and Lebo M., plus a choir accompaniment composed of members of the film's voice cast. (Jackson replaces Carmen Twillie on the new soundtrack while Lebo M. returns from the 1994 film.)
The junket, held at Beverly Hills' Montage hotel, was attended by a star-studded yet incomplete roster of the film's cast and crew, including Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Keegan Michael Key, Eric Andre, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, John Kani, Florence Kasumba, director Jon Favreau, composer Hans Zimmer and Lebo M.
Beyonce Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones and John Oliver were the key cast members not in attendance.
Here are some of the best quotes from the hourlong conference:
DONALD GLOVER DIDN'T TELL HIS SON HE WAS IN THE MOVIE
"I didn't tell him anything, I really didn't," he said. "It's his favorite movie so I was like 'I'll just wait until he gets there.' But somehow he found out about it, but still didn't know I was in it. He was just like, 'Oh, the one with Beyonce.' And then during the movie, 'Oh, dad's in it too! This is great! A bonus.'"
JON FAVREAU IS BEHIND A NOTABLE EASTER EGG IN THE THIRD ACT
"There's a gag that references another Disney property in there and I drew inspiration from the stage show," he said. "They threw in a joke about 'Frozen' in there that must have happened after 'Frozen' came on Broadway. And so we kind of tipped a cap to another live-action adaptation to another Disney animated classic."
SETH ROGEN AND BILLY EICHNER SHOT ALL THEIR VOICE SCENES TOGETHER AS TIMON AND PUMBAA
"It was a lot of improvisation," said Rogen. "And we were actually together every time we recorded which is a very rare gift to have trying to be funny in an animated film, which I've done a lot of and you're often just alone in there. And I think you can really tell that we're playing off each other."