It’s confirmed: Following months of fan speculation, Queen Bey has finally revealed her involvement in Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of the Disney classic The Lion King.
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter took to her Facebook page today to confirm her role in the highly anticipated adaptation, which will see her voice grown-up Nala. Beyoncé will act alongside Atlanta star Donald Glover who will portray Simba and James Earl Jones who will reclaim the role of Mufusa.
In addition to the film’s leads, the star-studded cast also includes Hollywood big-name such as Oscar-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as scar, Alfre Woodard (Primal Fear) as Sarabi, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight – John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani (Black Panther) as Rafiki, Seth Rogen (This is the End) as Pumbaa, Bill Eichner as Timon, Eric Andre as Azizi, Florence Karumba as Shenzi, Keegan Michael Key as Manari, JD McCrary as Young Simba and Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala.
The Lion King joins a plethora of live-action Disney remakes, following in the success of The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent, and Cinderella. Several other live-action films are currently in the works at Disney, including, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin.
Composer Hans Zimmer who scored The Lion King animated classic will return to score the live-action remake. There has been no word yet on whether Beyoncé will have an influence on the film’s music.