Beyoncé Is Playing Nala in ‘The Lion King’ Remake And The Internet Cannot Deal
Beyoncé has finally confirmed the speculation — she's playing Nala in the upcoming remake of The Lion King.
The "Formation" hitmaker is set to join the cast of the Disney live-action remake alongside a slew of A-listers, and honestly, we just can't wait to
be king see the queen in action.
The news was announced on social media on November 1, where the full cast for the movie was revealed.
Funnymen Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen are set to play Timon and Pumbaa respectively, whilst James Earl Jones will return to voice Mufasa, the same part he voiced in the 1994 movie.
Alfre Woodard will play Sarabi, John Oliver will voice Zazu and John Kani will star as wise baboon Rafiki.
Atlanta star Donald Glover — who will voice Simba — and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who will play villain Scar, round out the impressive cast of talent.
WHEN BEYONC GIVES THIS LOOK TO DONALD GLOVER I WILL COLLAPSE pic.twitter.com/8VlRzjHX5aTaylor Henderson (@cornbreadsays) November 1, 2017
Jungle Book filmmaker Jon Favreau is at the helm of the project, which is set for a July 2019 release. Jon is already in pre-production with Jeff Nathanson writing the script.
As well as keeping Sir Elton John and Tim Rice's original songs, which include "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," "Be Prepared" and "I Just
Can't Wait To Be King," the remake will also feature some new tunes.
We'd hope so, considering they've got a talent like Bey to sing on 'em!
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" played out over the credits of the 1994 movie and went on to win Best Original Song at the 1995 Academy Awards.
Director Jon feels lucky to be "entrusted" with a movie like The Lion King and he knows there are big expectations to meet.
"What I'm trying to do is honor what was there ... There are certain expectations people have," he's said of the project.
"The Jungle Book was 50 years ago; Lion King was 20, and people grew up with it in an age of video where they're watching it over and over again. "
He continued, "So, I have to really examine all of those plot points. Also, the myths are very strong in that, so you're hitting something even deeper than the movie sometimes."
But he started off the right foot by casting Bey, with fans taking to social media once the news broke with hilarious memes and comments about what the mom of three will bring to the highly-anticipated film.
How the Disney exec that closed Beyonce's Lion King deal was greeted when they came into work today pic.twitter.com/227IcvnQaEMatthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) November 2, 2017
I am glad the Lion King is being rebooted so we can remember Scar can only be President for so long before Beyonc shows up & fixes itAparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) November 2, 2017
Me: *watches Lion King 2019 for the hundredth time*[dri-ix] (@iamdryx) November 1, 2017
Me: *hears Beyonc as Nala*
With Beyonc as Nala, can we just call it The Lion Queen?braden graeber (@hipstermermaid) November 1, 2017
Honestly, cancel the rest of 2017 and 2018 so we can see Beyonc as Nala in #TheLionKing now.Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) November 1, 2017
We still have a long ways to go until the film gets released, but we're looking forward to a bajillion memes about Bey's part in the remake until then.
Bring 'em on, stans!
BEYONC IS OFFICIALLY GOING TO VOICE NALA IN THE LION KING pic.twitter.com/boQXXvqnMvANGEL (@IBeenCrowned) November 1, 2017
The Lion King hits theaters on July 19, 2019.