Simba is about to meet Sasha Fierce.
American pop superstar Beyonce is joining the cast of Walt Disney’s live-action remake of its 1994 animated film The Lion King.
The singer confirmed rumors of her role in a post on her official Facebook account on Thursday, November 2.
Beyonce Knowles-Carter is the latest addition to the already star-studded cast set to bring to life one of the biggest animated films of all time, which earned a lifetime global box-office gross of nearly $1 billion.
It went on to win two Oscar awards, two Grammy awards, and six Tony awards for its Broadway production. The Lion King has since been translated into 8 languages and seen by more than 85M people.
The 36-year-old megastar will be the voice of Simba’s childhood friend turned love interest Nala alongside Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones returning as Mufasa, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as his nemesis Scar.
Comedian John Oliver will also play the role of Zazu. Other big names rounding out the cast are Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, and Keegan-Michael Key as a hyena.
The Lion King adaptation will follow the story of future African savanna king Simba who looks up to his father King Mufasa. He takes to heart his own royal destiny but not everyone in the kingdom is celebrating his arrival, particularly Scar, Mufasa’s brother and former heir to the throne.
“The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his,” the official synopsis read.
Director Jon Favreau, who was at the helm of the massively successful reimagination of The Jungle Book, is expected to use similar performance-capture technology and computer-generated imagery to bring all the animal characters to life. The remake will also include songs from the original movie.
The movie is scheduled for a Summer 2019 (U.S. time) theatrical release and is one of the many live-action reboots currently in the works at the Disney studio such as Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, and Aladdin.
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