Beyoncé Joins the Full Cast of Disney's Upcoming Live-Action Lion King Remake
The full cast for Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King has been announced, and among the cast is Beyoncé, who will play Nala, the love interest of main character Simba, who will be played by Donald Glover.
The pop goddess joins a voice cast that includes the previously announced Glover, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu, Billy Eichner as Timon, and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. Other newly announced cast members include Alfre Woodard, John Kani, Eric André, Florence Kasumba, Keegan-Michael Key, J.D. McCrary, and Shahadi Wright Joseph.
Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) pens the script for the live-action adaptation, which is being produced by Jon Favreau and Jeffrey Silver.
The Oscar-nominated 1994 animated feature version of The Lion King has grossed more than $968 million worldwide and inspired the long-running Tony-nominated musical, directed by Julie Taymor. The live-action reboot, directed by Favreau, is slated for a July 19, 2019, release.