Beyonce Joins Star-Studded Cast of 'The Lion King'!
By Jennifer Drysdale
Beyonce is Nala!
The GRAMMY winner has officially joined the star-studded cast of The Lion King, Disney announced in a press release on Wednesday.
Queen Bey also celebrated the news with a post on her Facebook page.
“It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” director Jon Favreau said of the cast, which includes Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa and Chiewetel Ejiofor as Scar.
Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), John Oliver (Zazu), John Kani (Rafiki), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon), Eric Andre (Azizi), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi) and Keegan-Michael Key (Kamari) also star. JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play young Simba and Young Nala, respectively.
The Lion King became an instant Disney classic after its release in 1994. The film grossed $968.8 million around the globe, won two Academy Awards and two GRAMMY Awards. The Broadway adaptation, which debuted in 1997, earned six Tonys.
Favreau's live-action version is set to hit theaters on July 19, 2019.