Hold on to your butts, people, because two reigning members of music royalty are joining forces. As if the upcoming live-action Lion King remake wasn’t already perfect enough with its stellar cast, it’s now getting a new original song for the end credits. And that song is going to be written by — drumroll please — Elton John! But wait, there’s more. That song is going to be recorded by — another drumroll, please — Beyoncé!
This is not a drill. This is not a rumor. This is not a dream we’re desperately trying to will into existence. This is actually happening, because Elton confirmed the news himself that he’s writing Queen Bey a song.
So while it hasn’t happened yet, the fact that both John and Rice — who wrote all the songs from the original Lion King animated movie 25 years ago — are teaming up again for this new addition means it’s guaranteed to be a straight-up banger. And with the queen of pop music on the vocals, it’s also guaranteed to be nominated for an Oscar. We’re calling it now.
Disney’s Lion King live-action reboot stars Beyoncé as Nala, Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones reprising his original role of Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, and Florence Kasumba, Eric André, and Keegan-Michael Key as Scar’s hyena henchmen. Someone needs to please check and make sure this isn’t just a fever dream, though.
The Lion King hits theaters July 19th, 2019.