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Beyoncé and all-star cast set for Disney’s ‘Lion King’

The live-action remake is coming in 2019.

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Published Nov 1, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 12:29 pm CDT

And now it’s official.

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After six months of rumors that Beyoncé would be cast as Nala in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King, the entertainment company announced Wednesday that Queen Bey and a full list of luminaries are in.

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Joining Beyoncé in the Jon Favreau-directed project are Donald Glover as Simba; James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Simba’s father; Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Simba’s villainous uncle; and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Simba’s mother.

“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” Favreau said in a statement.

Disney’s announcement is being greeted with enthusiastic approval on social media.

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The release date for the new Lion King is July 19, 2019.

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*First Published: Nov 1, 2017, 7:28 pm CDT