Beyonce Top Choice to Voice Nala in ‘Lion King’ Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

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Disney’s “Lion King” live-action reboot is getting in formation.

Sources tell Variety that Beyonce is director Jon Favreau’s top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming remake.

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Insiders stress that the Grammy winner has not made a decision regarding the film yet, as the star is pregnant with twins. But since it’s a voice-acting role, sources say the studio and director will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule. The songstress announced her pregnancy in early February and dropped out as a Coachella headliner by month’s end. Lady Gaga will replace the “Single Ladies” singer at the desert music and arts festival next month.

Donald Glover is on board to voice Simba and James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Simba’s father, Mufasa.

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Favreau is directing with Jeff Nathanson writing. The film is being fast-tracked, even as Favreau begins development on his sequel to the recent hit “The Jungle Book.”

“Lion King” was originally released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, ultimately hauling $968.5 million worldwide.

The studio’s emphasis on live-action adaptations follows the successes of “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015), and, most recently, “Beauty and the Beast.”

This would mark Beyonce’s first film role since lending her voice to the Fox animated film”Epic.” Her other major movie credits include the 2009 thriller “Obsessed,” 2006 movie musical “Dreamgirls,” and 2002 Mike Myers comedy “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”

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  1. She is my all-time favorite love her,

  2. sourcheese says:

    Wow! Beyonce? This is gonna be very interesting. I’ve been a Lion King fan since the beginning. Can’t wait for this movie to come out.

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  4. Anthony says:

    Well there goes my chances of see it. Anything that involves that racist, cop hater is not worth my time.

  5. KayD says:

    Since when is CGI live action? If they are casting voices only then isn’t it just animation? Live action implies people acting in roles.

  6. gabe says:

    nice choice

  7. “When you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull shit”

  8. Stephen Byrd says:

    She’s a terrible choice…until just a few years ago, she sounded like Charles Barkley when she spoke, and she hasn’t improved much. So many many better choices.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      I have never heard her sound like Barkley that I can recall, though I do agree her voice is wrong for the role.

      Regardless, stop casting voices (including the one, classic elderly man slated to reprise his vocal role)… If Disney insists on doing a live-action remake of their animated hits, hire actors with the proper voice BUT ALSO LOOKS!!!

  9. Helen Rogers says:

    Because we desperately need a remake of yet another classic … Jeez …

  10. tjchurch2001 says:

    Who cares who’s going to voice a famous character or a tree in the forest?! You don’t have a voice-only person if it’s supposed to be a live-action film!! Just call it a sequel, & Beyonce-Nala can be pregnant with Simba’s twins! Then, she & Simba can argue over who has the birthright if they turn out to be a boy & a girl!

    That gives you reason for stars with famous names like this, & makes some of the plotline a little more timely!

  11. Stacy says:

    why not hire someone for the sake of the creative process instead of the fame game, just another name to beg for attraction as if “The Lion King” title isn’t enough. And of course she’ll do it for the millions it’ll make

  12. Kurt J says:

    The real question here is…WHY A REMAKE ???? For what????

    • Tom says:

      Beauty and the Beast grossed a BILLION dollars. There’s your “why.”

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        Which, for starters, helped to remake (pun intended) the money they had paid the actors playing the parts since this time they needed to both be seen & heard. There is no need to remake an animated film as live-action with different people portraying the roles, especially since this one will (it appears) include humans playing the largely-inhuman characters.

    • Pedro says:

      I think Beauty and the Beast just crushing several records answers all of that. People want these films. Studio want people’s money.

  13. Jane says:

    To slightly change the famous quote about Fred Astaire: can’t act, can sing, can dance a little.

    Unfortunately, in B’s case and in this movie, the can’t act will overshadow the can sing. She is not a good actress.

  14. Lusanda Beauchamp says:

    *screeeeaaammmiiinnnggg* This just made my whole day, my whole life. King Beyoncé in Lion King!!! I’M HERE FOR IT! Hopefully she sings the opening theme and entire soundtrack.

  15. Louise_1 says:

    Please stop. Beyonce cant even pronounce her own name.

    • Jane says:

      There’s an accent on the e: Beyoncé, although that would seemingly make it pronounced to sound like fiancé. Still, names can be pronounced as the person likes; witness the weather caster who says his name that is spelled Sean is pronounced Seen.

      • Jane says:

        Helen Rogers…would drive me nuts to hear him pronounce his name that way, but nothing to be done.

      • Helen Rogers says:

        I know! He’s here in Phoenix and he drives me crazy when he MISpronounces his name. What were his parents thinking???

    • Beyonce says:

      Beyonce (Phonetic Spelling): Bay-Once

  16. Dylan Emery says:

    Lupita Nyong’o or Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Nala!

  17. RNL says:

    Why is this being referred to as a “live-action” film? Are there going to be any optical elements in the movie? It sounds like it’s just going to be a quasi-photorealistic animated film.

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