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The Lion King’s new face-off posters, a royal christening and more

The Lion King’s new face-off posters, a royal christening and more

Pop culture catch-up

Text: Su Fen Tan


What you might have missed from the headlines of pop culture news this week

The Lion King releases new character posters

We're that much closer to the premiere of The Lion King—it's coming to theatres on 19 July. Ahead of its highly anticipated roar in cinemas, Disney has released striking posters of the all-star cast facing off with their characters.

ICYMI, the new live action film is directed by Jon Favreau, who was also behind the photorealistic version of The Jungle Book. If that is any indication of what to expect, we'll be in for a visual treat.

 

Disney has found their new Ariel

In other Disney news, singer Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle has been cast as the titular character in the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid—an announcement that has been met with mixed reactions. Redhead or not, Bailey most certainly has the vocal chops to take on the role. Get to know the burgeoning star through five fast facts here.

 

Ed Sheeran's pop-up store will be coming to KL

In conjunction with the release of his fourth studio album No. 6 Collaborations Project on 12 July 2019, Ed Sheeran has announced that pop-up stores selling exclusive merchandise will be opened at major cities around the world—including Kuala Lumpur. 13 and 14 July are the dates to save. The pop-up store will be set up at Paradigm Mall's Concourse Square, with the new album as well as Ed Sheeran x Kuala Lumpur merchandise up for grabs. There will also be limited-edition t-shirts designed with some of the superstar guests artists featured on the album, which includes the likes of Justin Bieber, Camilla Cabello, Bruno Mars and Chance the Rapper.

 

The royal family released photos of baby Archie's christening

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor baptised yesterday in a private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. In official photos released by Buckingham Palace, Archie appears in a traditional gown alongside Prince Harry and Meghan, surrounded by members of the royal family: the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Doria Ragland (Markle's mother), and the late Princess Diana's sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale. The Queen is notably absent due to a previously scheduled trip to Sandringham.

 

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