The news was first reported by Justin Kroll of Variety, who stresses that things are still early and the singer has not made a decision regarding the project as of yet, but that she is currently Favreau’s “top choice” for the role. The role would be a voiceover role, which would allow Favreau and Disney to work around the Grammy-winning singer’s schedule, should she sign onto the project.
Should a deal take, Beyoncé would be the latest talented name added to the growing cast. Previously announced by Favreau as joining the remake were Donald Glover, who will voice Simba in the film, and James Earl Jones, who will be reprising his role as Simba’s father, Mufasa, from the 1994 animated film.
The remake will be directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can,” “The Terminal”). Although Favreau is hard at work on the sequel to “The Jungle Book,” which pulled in over $966 million worldwide for Disney, the studio is expected to fast-track the forthcoming “The Lion King” reboot. As of right now, no release date has been set.