In the buildup to the much-anticipated release of the live-action remake of “The Lion King”, the cast and crew sat down to discuss the film.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, director Jon Favreau revealed why Beyonce wanted to be part of the classic Disney movie.
“Part of it is that she’s got young kids, part of it is that it’s a story that feels good for this phase of her life and her career, and she really likes the original very much,” Favreau said. “And then, of course, there are these wonderful musical numbers that she can be involved with, and my God… she really lives up to her reputation as far as the beauty of her voice and talent.”
Viewers can look forward to Queen Bey as Nala.
Other actors joining the star-studded cast include Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar.
“I once heard it referred to as the crown jewel of the Disney movies,” noted Canada’s own Rogen. “And for me at least, it’s for sure the one that hit me the hardest and taught me the most lessons about life and death.”
Rogen added that when he has been shown footage, “I weep uncontrollably because it just hits a raw nerve in some ways and taps directly into these feelings from my childhood, but updates them with a scope that is heavily impactful to me as an adult.”
Ejiofor also says the film is a “wonderful opportunity” for the “cast of black actors to play these extraordinary iconic roles.”
“Obviously, I feel very connected to anything African because of my heritage, and that’s why it’s a very special experience to me. It’s wonderful that both Jon Favreau and Disney have really pushed to engage with that kind of casting,” the “12 Years A Slave” actor adds.
“The Lion King” will be released on the 25th anniversary of the original film, July 19.