Award-winning musician Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will star as Nala in director Jon Favreau’s live-action Lion King remake. The singer will join an all-star class that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and James Earl Jones, who will reprise his role as Simba’s father Mufasa.
The cast also includes Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother Sarabi, JD McCrary as Young Simba, Shahadi Wright Joseph as Young Nala, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, Eric André as Azizi and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari.
“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” Favreau said of the cast and crew in a press release.
Knowles has previously starred in films such as 2006’s Dreamgirls and 2009’s Obsessed.
According to the movie’s official description,
From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
The remake will reportedly see a live-action animated style close to Favreau’s other Disney remake project, the 2016 film The Jungle Book. The Lion King is set to debut in theaters July 19, 2019.
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