Beyoncé Joins The Cast Of Upcoming 'Lion King' Live Action Remake
Disney have announced the full cast for their upcoming live-action remake of ‘The Lion King’, with Beyoncé confirmed as the voice of Nala.
Set to hit cinemas in 2019, the remake will see legendary actor, James Earl Jones, reprise his role as Mufasa from the original animation released back in 1994.
Redbone singer, Donald Glover, who has, by all accounts, enjoyed a rather successful year (thanks to his Emmy award-winning TV series, Atlanta, and subsequent casting in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off) will take on the major role of Simba, Mufasa’s son.
Beyoncé will take on the role of Nala, Simba’s childhood friend who eventually becomes his lover later on in the film.
Other significant casting decisions come via the additions of Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose sultry British timbre will take over from Jeremy Irons’ prior stint as Scar in the 1994 original.
Alfre Woodard, who fans might recognise from films such as 12 Years a Slave or Netflix’s Luke Cage, will take on the role of Sarabi – Mufasa’s wife and Queen, as well as Simba’s mother.
British comedian, John Oliver, will voice the character of Zazu – the strict, majordomo bird whose uptight yet dignified character provided some element of comedic uplift in the 1994 animation, whilst Billy Eichner (American Horror Story: Cult, Bob’s Burgers) and Seth Rogen will star as the iconic Hakuna Matata duo Timone and Pumba.
Keegan-Michael Key, who stars in Netflix’s Friends from College, will take on the role of Kamari, whilst US comedian Eric Andre (2 Broke Girls) and Black Panther’s Florence Kasumba will voice the characters of Azizi and Shenzi.
— Disney (@Disney) November 1, 2017
Disney’s official announcement of the cast, which broke on social media yesterday, has since rocked Twitter to the core.
Fans of the upcoming film have expressed their overwhelming delight at the final cast. But, the announcement of Beyoncé’s involvement has particularly shaken members of the Beyhive, leaving die-hard stands absolutely beside themselves online:
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) November 1, 2017
Is the lion king movie real??? It’s like TOO GOOD to be true 😍😍😍😍
— Laura Tombson ☠️👻 (@wawawomp) November 1, 2017
my favorite movies ever, ranked:
2) animated lion king
1) beyonce as freaking nala lion king
— Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) November 1, 2017
— Aᴅᴀᴍ Sʜᴀᴘɪʀᴏ (@adamshapiro) November 1, 2017
me: stop remaking Disney movies!
*sees new Lion King cast*
me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SEVENYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA https://t.co/GMtBjPjo1n
— Mamaloo Akbar (@MamoudouNDiaye) November 1, 2017
Chiwetel Ejiofor singing Be Prepared is already the highlight of my 2019. https://t.co/BrTUPPG7K1
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) November 1, 2017
ME: "UGH, another Disney Broadway musical."
*THE LION KING adds BEYONCE, FULL CAST & HANS ZIMMER scoring*
ME:" NAAAANNN IGONYAMAAAAAAA!" pic.twitter.com/gnN8IuEfVH
— LeSean Thomas (@LeSeanThomas) November 2, 2017
I am glad the Lion King is being rebooted so we can remember Scar can only be President for so long before Beyoncé shows up & fixes it
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) November 2, 2017
— Jack (@Shnapped) November 2, 2017
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