UPDATE: After months of speculation, Beyoncé has confirmed that she’ll be talking on the lead lioness role of Nala in the upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King.
Queen Bey shared the big news in a Facebook post, which also revealed the rest of the confirmed cast for the Disney film, due out in summer 2019.
The cast is full to the brim with talented people of colour, with Donald Glover taking on the lead role and Nala’s love interest, Simba.
James Earl Jones will reprise his role from the original animated version, voicing Mufasa once again, while British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will play his brother and nemesis Scar.
We can’t wait to see this amazing movie in action. Bring on 2019!
If you loved Beauty and the Beast as much as we did, you’ll be looking forward to the upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King, especially when we tell you that Beyoncé of all people is in the running for a major role.
Director Jon Favreau is apparently eyeing up the singer to play Nala, despite her being pregnant with twins. It would be a voice part and both he and Disney would happily work around her schedule to get her own board.
Nala is betrothed to marry her best mate, King Mufasa’s son Simba, before all the drama with evil Uncle Scar and his stampeding wildebeests kicks off. It’s only fitting that Queen Bey stars in a role destined for royalty, but will she be singing?
Simba is the main player when it comes to the hit songs, penned by Elton John. Nala has a verse in “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” but we suspect that should the 22-time Grammy winner join the production, they’ll be some new tracks introduced especially for her. Chances are it’ll end up winning Best Song at the Oscars too.
It’s actually quite scary thinking how insanely well this film will do with Beyoncé on board. It’s many people’s favourite childhood movie, combined with their favourite pop star. Records will surely be broken left, right and centre, especially after Beauty and the Beast smashed the March opening record with its mega £135 million opening weekend. Favreau’s last live action effort, The Jungle Book, was a hit with critics and earned over £770 million during its run.
Still, it remains to be seen whether Bey will sign on the dotted line, despite this rumour coming from reliable industry insider Variety. She has starred in movies before, most memorably Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Pink Panther, Dreamgirls and Obsessed.
Donald Glover is already confirmed to play Simba and thankfully, because nobody could compare, James Earl Jones is returning as Mufasa after famously voicing the character in the 1994 original. That movie is one of the highest-grossing animated pictures of all-time, grossing $968.5 million worldwide.
The Lion King is yet to receive a release date but let’s hope it soon because our excitement is already reaching fever pitch. Production begins in May.