As if we couldn’t be any more excited for Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Lion King, Beyoncé is reportedly not only *this* close to solidifying a deal to voice Nala, she could even be producing the soundtrack.
This news comes on the heels of the announcement that Alfre Woodard and John Kani have joined the cast of the increasingly star-studded film.
The Captain America: Civil War actors will reportedly voice Simba’s mother Sarabi and wise baboon Rafiki, respectively. The rest of the A-list cast includes Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (reprising his role as Mufasa), Billy Eichner (Timon), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), and John Oliver (Zazu). Chiwetel Ejiofor is also in talks to join the film as Scar.
With most of the star-studded cast announced, Nala is the sole main character whose voice actor remains a mystery.
It’s been widely reported that Favreau really wants Queen Bey to play the future queen of Pride Rock. We finally have an update, and it seems the director is very close to getting his wish. It’s a Disney miracle.
If Beyoncé is probably going to play Nala, why is Disney being so coy about announcing the casting?
According to The Tracking Board, the role of Nala has yet to be announced because Beyoncé’s potential involvement in the soundtrack is kind of a huge deal and has made the negotiation process a bit more complicated. If Bey is confirmed, the soundtrack could feature new songs by the singer, as well as classics from the original, animated film.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the deal comes through soon because the anticipation is almost too much to bear.
We’re getting seriously excited about the film, which will land in theaters in July 2019.