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Global superstar Beyonce has been confirmed to star as adult Nala in the live action remake of Disney’s The Lion King. She’ll star alongside Donald Glover as Simba, and James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa, king of the Pridelands.
Chewitel Ejiofor will take on the infamous role of Scar, with British comedian John Oliver cast as Zazu.
Favourites Timon and Pumba will be played by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen respectively.
The full leading cast for The Lion King was revealed in a tweet by Disney last night.
— Disney (@Disney) November 1, 2017
Similarly to Disney’s The Jungle Book, the remake of the 1994 box office smash The Lion King will see the stars voicing photorealistic computer generated versions of the original animals.
The new film, due for release in July 2019, arrives as the musical continues to grow from strength to strength in both the West End and on Broadway. Directed by Julie Taymor, the theatrical production of Disney’s The Lion King is currently running at London’s Lyceum Theatre.
The musical, set against the backdrop of the Serengeti Plains, follows the story of Simba as he works towards his destiny of becoming king of the Pridelands.
The visually stunning production celebrates two Olivier Awards, as well as five Tony Awards including Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography.
To catch the musical at London’s Lyceum Theatre, Disney’s The Lion King tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.