This classic song from The Lion King wont feature in the live-action flick

The soundtrack from The Lion King is one of the most iconic aspects of the animated film.

Considering the passion which Disney lovers have for the musical numbers, it's no surprise that fans are responding badly to news of a song being cut from the live-action film's track-list.

The highly-anticipated flick, directed by Jon Favreau, features CGI animated photorealistic animals, but one of the most iconic characters will lose their song.


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Be Prepared is one of the best songs of the entire movie, and is Scar's ultimate villain reveal. Unfortunately his bad guy manifesto will be cut, and many fans are deeply upset.

The song shows his mighty hyena army with green volcano explosions every now and again, and displays the uncle's duplicity in all his evil form.

His teeth, ambitions and delusions of power are shown to the audience during the song, and none other than Elton John wrote it alongside Tim Rice.

The song is a tongue-twister of which sums up Scar's intentions to murder his own brother Mufasa and take the crown for himself on Pride Rock.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is voicing the new version of the Machiavellian villain, and many fans were excited to hear him sing Be Prepared. Jeremy Irons' and Jim Cummings were incredible in the original animated version of the song.

“Prepare for the coup of the century,” he says. “Be prepared for the murkiest scam. Meticulous planning, tenacity spanning, decades of denial, is simply why I’ll be king undisputed, respected, saluted and seen for the wonder I am."


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The film itself is actually based on Shakespeare's King Lear, and the villains in these tales are always hugely important.

Unfortunately, fans will have to wait until July 19 to see whether live-action Scar's character development does the original justice.

Disney are also re-making Mulan in live-action form without any music, which hasn't been received well.

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