Beyoncé Goes from Queen Bee to Lion Queen in Disney Reboot
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Many kids of the 1980s and 90s have scenes from The Lion King stamped on their childhood memories – like when tiny Simba and his little friend Nala skip around the waterhole singing ‘I just can’t wait to be kiiiiiiiiing….’
Well, in the newly-announced, live-action remake of Disney’s 1994 classic, the voice of Simba’s sweetheart is already royalty: it’s Queen Bee herself – Beyoncé.
Source: Beyonce on Facebook
Among the rest of the glittering cast, ‘Atlanta’ actor Donald Glover – aka RnB performer Childish Gambino – will be voicing Simba, screen legend James Earl Jones keeps his role as big papa Mufasa and ‘12 Years a Slave star’ Chiwetel Ejofor plays the wicked nemesis Scar.
Multi-award winning composer Hans Zimmer is scoring the soundtrack, the thought of which is sending not only the Hive, but all corners of social media into utter frenzy…
I mean honestly just retitle it The Lion Queen now https://t.co/nnLDqyMXFj— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) 1 November 2017
me: stop remaking Disney movies!— mamoudou about nothing (@MamoudouNDiaye) 1 November 2017
*sees new Lion King cast*
me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SEVENYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA https://t.co/GMtBjPjo1n
How the Disney exec that closed Beyonce's Lion King deal was greeted when they came into work today pic.twitter.com/227IcvnQaE— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) 2 November 2017
The original was one of the highest grossing animated movies of all-time – and that didn’t even have Beyoncé in. Director Jon Favreau’s remake hits our screens in July 2019. Until then, hakuna matata.