Beyonce Is Nala
It’s official! Beyoncé will be taking on the voice of Nala in Disney’s live-action remake of “The Lion King”.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, director Jon Favreau reveals why Beyonce wanted to be a part of the 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.”
In true Queen Bey fashion, she even has her very own trailer featuring Nala’s first lines.
Along with voicing the powerful lioness, Beyonce has just premiered a brand-new song “Spirit”, which will be featured on the film’s soundtrack.
Elton John To Score
Along with being in the midst of his farewell tour, Elton John has signed on to score the project.
John revealed he will be reworking his compositions from the original movie before retiring.
With the help of Beyonce, John will also write an original song.
With this dynamic duo, “it means no worries” for Disney, and we can definitely see this soundtrack going certified diamond, just like the original.
Donald Glover Is Simba
You may know him as Childish Gambino but Donald Glover will now forever be remembered as Simba, who was originally played by Matthew Broderick in the 1994 original. Glover has signed on to voice the lead role and love interest of Nala.
Fans can also look forward to a musical collaboration involving Beyoncé and Glover for their rendition of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, of which Disney has already given us a taste.
Pharrell Williams’ Musical Contribution
The music production for the 2019 adaption has no shortage of stars.
Williams has produced five songs on the original soundtrack, including “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” and “Hakuna Matata”.
The digital soundtrack is expected to drop on July 11, with the physical copy to be released on July 19.
Seth Rogen Is Pumbaa
Canada’s own Seth Rogen will voice Pumbaa, one half of the comedic meerkat-and-warthog duo, along with Timon.
You can be sure Rogen will bring his own spin to the happy-go-lucky character, including singing his interpretation of the classic “Hakuna Matata”.
Billy Eichner Is Timon
Billy Eichner will take on the voice of Timon, the other half of the carefree warthog-and-meerkat duo.
John Oliver Takes On Zazu
John Oliver has joined the star-studded cast, playing Zazu the uptight hornbill.
The “Last Week Tonight” host is no stranger to providing his vocals for animated films, voicing Vanity Smurf in “The Smurfs” and “The Smurfs 2”.
Jon Favreau Will Work His Magic
Following his live-action remake of “The Jungle Book”, which was one of Disney’s biggest hits of 2016, Favreau has been tapped to bring us the live-action remake of “The Lion King”.
Using CGI, virtual reality, and motion capture, Favreau and his team created the realistic animation on a blue-screen stage.
James Earl Jones Is Back
James Earl Jones reprises his role as King Mufasa.
Jones is the only actor from the original 1994 film that will be returning to Favreau’s adaptation.
The 88-year-old actor also revisited another of his iconic roles when he voiced Darth Vader in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
The Symbolic Release Date
“The Lion King” will make its way into theatres on July 19, exactly 25 years after the release of the original Disney classic.