Disney Officially Adds Beyoncé to Star-Studded Cast of 'Lion King' Remake

To counterfeit Simba: we usually can’t wait…for 2019.

That’s when Disney will recover a much-anticipated reconstitute of The Lion King, and a star-studded expel Disney announced on Wednesday usually combined to a buzz.

Disney reliable what’s prolonged been speculated; that Beyoncé will voice Nala, a childhood friend-turned-love seductiveness of Simba. The lead lion himself will be uttered by Donald Glover.

James Earl Jones is reprising his purpose of Mufasa, a impression he uttered in a 1994 charcterised chronicle of a film. The expel is dull out by Chiwetel Ejiofor as knave Scar, John Oliver as concerned hornbill Zazu, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogan voicing a comedic twin of Timon and Pumbaa.

Beyoncé’s purpose as Nala will be a cocktail star’s initial voice work in a film given a 2013 charcterised crack Epic, a film about a teen ecstatic to a unenlightened timberland that’s fast a conflict between good and evil.

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Disney’s strange Lion King, expelled some-more than dual decades ago, stays one of a highest-grossing charcterised films ever, earning $968.5 million during a box bureau worldwide. The low-pitched adaptation, that debuted on Broadway in 1997, has generated at slightest $6.2 billion in sheet sales and has been achieved in 19 countries around a globe.

In new years, Disney has incited to remaking a dear charcterised classics as a pivotal expansion strategy, lifting a stakes for casting such revivals.

Its reconstitute of Beauty and a Beast with Emma Watson as Belle was a sepulchral success, violation annals with a $170 million debut progressing this year and garnering $1.3 billion worldwide. But for another remake—the live-action chronicle of Aladdincasting was problematic. Disney endured heated critique in Jul for selecting Naomi Scott, a non-Arab singer to play Jasmine. To be clear, Aladdin—the story of a rough-and-tumble child from a streets who enlists a genie to win a adore of Princess Jasmine—is set in illusory Agrabah, though it’s mostly seen as representing a Middle Eastern city and critics bloody a casting preference as an denote that Disney sees non-white people as interchangeable.

Like Aladdin, a arriving Lion King reconstitute is also “live action” though not in a standard sense, so Beyoncé—for instance—won’t seem physically in a film, though she will be heard. Jon Favreau, executive of a film, has pronounced a film will rest on innovative filmmaking techniques with a African savanna and a colorful characters entrance to life around photo-realistic animation.

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