Disney’s remake of The Lion King is setting up to be one of next year’s must-see films, and that is largely because of the cast Jon Favreau has assembled. With rumors swirling for the better part of the year that pop icon Beyoncé may have a role in the animated movie, Disney confirmed that she will in fact star as the voice of Nala, joining an already stacked lineup of notable voices.
It was publicized that Disney would be willing to do “whatever it takes to accommodate to her schedule,” and it seems that the singer was definitely willing to take the time to be a part of the production. As the voice of Nala, Beyoncé will star alongside Donald Glover, who will be the voice of the main character, Simba.
But they’re not the only big names The Lion King will feature, with the film gathering some of Hollywood’s biggest personalities to round out many of the classic’s most memorable characters. James Earl Jones will return as the voice of Mufasa, while Chiwetel Ejiofor will play his counterpart, Scar. Alfre Woodard will be voicing Simba’s mom, Sarabi, and John Kani will be Rafiki. John Oliver has also been chosen to voice the quirky Zazu.
The remake will also feature a couple of entertaining duos, including Eric Andre and Keegan-Michael Key as two of the hyenas, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumba, giving the cast a perfect dose of comedic talent.
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It’s also important to acknowledge that famed composer Hans Zimmer will be returning to score the film’s soundtrack, just as he did in the original 1994 edition.
“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” Favreau stated in the official press release. The Lion King is slated to be released on July 19, 2019, and is sure to be one of the biggest box office hits of the year.