Disney’s The Lion King is getting a live-action revamp and who better to star than the beloved singer Beyoncé? It has been confirmed that the 36-year-old will play lioness Nala, who is the love interest of the film's protagonist, Simba, played by Donald Glover. The highly-anticipated movie, set to hit cinemas in 2019, will also star award-winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Seth Rogan as Pumba the warthog. The casting decision has been met with widespread praise, with one writing: "This is gonna be good!" [sic] Another said: "They all fit so well with the character they're playing."
It was also announced that James Earl Jones will play Mufasa, having voiced the character in the 1994 animation, while Billy Eichner will take on the role of Zazu. In March, director Jon Favreau announced the exciting news on Twitter, writing: "I just can't wait to be king. #Simba," accompanied by a snap of Donald. He then followed the tweet with a photo of James, writing: "Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa." According to Disney, the film, which is expected to hit the big screen in 2019, will be a "new take" on the now-classic story. In a statement, Jon said: "It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life."
Meanwhile, Disney has been focused on creating live-action adaptations of their most popular animations in recent years, and have found incredible success with The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast and Maleficent (based on Sleeping Beauty). They have also announced plans to adapt Mulan, 101 Dalmatians and The Little Mermaid, and there is currently a sequel in the works for the popular 2007 Disney film, Enchanted.