Beyonce Confirms Role on Disney's Live-Action 'The Lion King'

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Beyoncé takes the lead role in the star-studded cast of Disney's forthcoming remake of The Lion King after she used Facebook to confirm her long-rumoured involvement in the project.

The only downside to this news is that we have to wait until summer 2019 to see The Lion King live-action in theaters. Disney has also cast Florence Kasumba, Eric André, and Keegan-Michael Key to play the trio of menacing hyenas Shenzi, Azizi, and Kamari.

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James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader in "Star Wars: Rogue One", reprises his role as Mufasa; while the young Simba is voiced by Glover, who recently starred in "Solo: A Star Wars Story". JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play young Simba and young Nala, respectively. As the remake of The Lion King is planned to be a musical as the original animated film was, I don't think we'll need to speculate much on who's going to sing "Can You Feel The Love Tonight".

The official cast list for the live-action (ish) adaptation of The Lion King has been revealed! When it comes to the dynamic duo of Timon and Pumbaa, Billy Eichner will be one half as the know it all meerkat Timon and Seth Rogen will be delivering the jokes s Pumbaa.

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Disney screened the first footage from the film, which is set for a July 19, 2019 release, at D23 Expo earlier this year.

Favreau will be using similar techniques to make the film as he did in his 2016 remake of "The Jungle Book", where he used computer graphics to create a live-action like aesthetic.

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