Singer is reported to be Disney's top choice for key role
Julian Marszalek
10:22 31st March 2017

Beyonce is reported to be “top choice” for a key role in Disney’s upcoming remake of the animated classic The Lion King.

The 1994 movie is set to be re-made in a similar fashion to the recent CGI and live action version of The Jungle Book that featured the talents of Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba. As with The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau will be in the director’s chair.

Variety reports that Favreau is keen to have Beyonce voice the character of Nala, the lioness who befriends Simba as a young cub and then helps him in his struggle against this evil uncle Scar. Don’t pretend like you don’t know.

It’s understood that Beyonce has yet to make her mind up, as she’s pregnant with twins. As the role is voice only, the studio and director have indicated that they’ll do what they can to accommodate her schedule.

As previously reported on Gigwise, Beyonce pulled out of her headline slot at this year’s Coachella festival shortly after announcing her pregnancy. She’s been replaced by Lady Gaga.

Other key roles have already been cast. Donald Glover – aka Childish Gambino - has been signed up to play Simba and James Earl Jones is set to reprise his role as Simba’s father, Mufasa.

The original version of The Lion King was released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all-time.

If Beyonce does take on the role, it’ll be her first film since voicing the animated film, Epic. Her other credits include the thriller Obsessed (2009), the 2006 musical Dream Girls and Mike Myers’ 2002 comedy sequel Austin Powers In Goldmember.