Beyoncé Confirms She'll Star as Nala in the Live-Action 'Lion King' Film
The multi-hyphenate diva confirmed that she will voice Nala in the upcoming Disney flick.
From the silver screen to visual albums, Beyoncé continues to take her career to the next level. Now, the mom of three has confirmed she'll join the voice cast of Jon Favreau's live-action The Lion King as Nala.
Queen Bey took to Facebook to share the news, which included a listing of the complete voice cast. Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa (reprising his role from the 1994 original), Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Eric André as Azizi, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa. JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play young Simba and young Nala, respectively.
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Earlier this year, Variety reported that Beyoncé had been offered the role, but until now, it was only buzz. Now, we know we can look forward to hearing her famous pipes in the next iteration of the classic Disney flick!
Rob Minkoff, director of the original, animated The Lion King, told INSIDER at Disney's D23 Expo in July what he thinks of the upcoming version. "The Broadway show took it into kind of a different realm and traveled all around the world for such a long time," he said. "And now being remade into another new film that's kind of incredible that it's happening. It's actually very exciting."
We'll say. July 2019 can't come soon enough!