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Beyonce and Childish Gambino to star in Disney’s Lion King remake

By | Published on Friday 3 November 2017


Beyonce is to star in a remake of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’, directed by Jon Favreau. Also on the cast list is Donald Glover, aka rapper Childish Gambino.

The movie is the follow-up to Favreau’s semi-live action remake of ‘The Jungle Book’, which came out last year. If ‘The Lion King’ follows the same format, while not being a musical, it will feature elements of the original soundtrack – in this case penned by Elton John and Tim Rice.

Beyonce is set to voice Nala, the childhood friend of lead character Simba (voiced by Glover). Also among the cast are James Earl Jones, reprising his role as Simba’s father Mufasa, British comedian John Oliver, who will voice Mufasa’s confidant Zazu, and Seth Rogen as the warthog Pumbaa.

“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life”, Favreau said in a statement.

The film is set to be released in June 2019.