Beyonce, Donald Glover Lead Star-Studded Cast of Disney's 'Lion King' Remake

Entertainment - JOHANNA LI

Disney has officially announced the star-studded cast of their upcoming remake of The Lion King.

Confirming long speculated rumors, Beyoncé is leading the way as Nala, the female love interest of main character Simba, which will be played by Donald Glover.

Queen Bey has appeared in a variety of films, including Dreamgirls and Austin Powers in Goldmember, while the actor behind Childish Gambino gained fame for his TV roles in Community and Atlanta, before jumping to the big screen in The Martian and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The Disney live-action movie, slated to be released in June 2019, will also feature the unmistakable voices of John Oliver as Zazu, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogan as Pumba, Keegan-Michael Key as a hyena and Eric Andrea as Azizi.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the original 1994 animated Lion King, will return in the same role.

“It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said director Jon Favreau, who was also behind the success of the live-action remake of The Jungle Book.

The cast reveal comes just as The Lion King Broadway musical celebrates its 20th anniversary of its premiere this month.

Since Walt Disney Studios’ announcement on Twitter, the post has gained more than 33,000 retweets and nearly 70,000 likes.

The Twitterverse is now begging for a Beyoncé and Childish Gambino remake of the soundtrack's classic, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?"