Queen Bey will quickly don one other crown: Queen of the Pride Lands.
On Wednesday, Disney confirmed that Beyoncé will play a lead function in its star-studded, live-action remake of “The Lion King.” She will voice the function of Nala, Simba’s childhood good friend who develops a romance with him a number of years later.
The remake is about for a debut in July 2019.
Beyoncé tends to be the main focus of consideration in any respect of her performances. But even her most loyal followers gained’t be overlooking the remainder of the forged.
Simba will probably be voiced by Donald Glover, with James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa, whom he first voiced in Disney’s 1994 animated model.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, famend for his function as Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave,” will play Scar, Mufasa’s brother and the coming-of-age story’s major antagonist. Alfre Woodard will play Sarabi, Mufasa’s spouse and Simba’s mom.
The listing goes on: John Oliver, John Kani, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Keegan-Michael Key and others will additionally recast what stays one of many highest-grossing animated movies of all time, producing $968.5 million worldwide. The musical went on Broadway in 1997 and has since traveled all over the world. In 2014, a Disney spokesman stated the stage musical was “the highest-grossing total in box office history”– at $6.2 billion.
Beyoncé had been rumored as a favourite of director Jon Favreau — contemporary from his “Jungle Book” remake — for months. The function of Nala will probably be her first since voice-acting in “Epic,” a 2013 animated movie about a youngster caught between forces of excellent and evil who should save the world.
Disney has been profitable with live-action diversifications over the previous decade, most notably with 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland,” 2014’s “Maleficent” and 2015’s “Cinderella.” Earlier this yr, “Beauty and the Beast” debuted with a high-profile forged led by Emma Watson as Belle.
“I’m BEYOND excited to be joining Donald Grover, Beyoncé and more in Disney’s THE LION KING,” Eichner tweeted. “With me and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumba!!!”
Rogen, maybe already practising his character’s most iconic line, stored it easy: “Hakuna Matata,” he tweeted.
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