Disney is currently getting their live-action Lion King movie ready. The casting is underway and director Jon Favreau will bring at least a couple of the old voice actors back. However, there is definitely some new talent coming on board. If he gets his way, some of that new talent will come in the form of Grammy-award winning artist Beyonce.
According to Variety, Beyonce is director Jon Favreau’s top choice to play the role of Nala in this reimagining of The Lion King. The report notes that she hasn’t made any kind of decision about the movie yet and, since she’s pregnant with twins, she is taking her time. Disney and Favreau want her to play the role and since they will reportedly be doing anything they can do to accommodate her schedule. Not that Disney is going to need any help getting people excited about this remake of The Lion King. But getting talented person like Beyonce on board will definitely help.
There is no further details about a whole lot in the way of casting announcements so far. But Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, is going to be the new voice of Simba. It was also announced that James Earl Jones will return to take part in Lion King. Just in case you don’t know him, he provided the voice of Mufasa in the original 1994 animated classic.
Given the relationship between Nala and Simba in the original movie, the chemistry between those actors is important. So, Jon Favreau is now working very hard to go after a person who that have proven as actors and singers. The Lion King is most definitely a musical and having people who can really sing will help.
According to Disney, this new “reimagining” as they call it, will utilize the same technology that we all see in The Jungle Book. Thus, it makes sense that they brought Jon Favreau on board to do this remake of The Lion King.
Beside the Lion King, Disney and Jon Favreau are also still reportedly working on a sequel to The Jungle Book. The film got box office success so it is reasonable to make it a sequel.
So far, there won’t be any human characters added to the narrative of The Lion King. CGI will make up all of the environments and animals in The Jungle Book. That is probably why Disney isn’t calling this a live-action remake.
Disney has been having a tremendous amount of success in remaking their animated classics in live-action lately. Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Jungle Book and now Beauty and the Beast have all crushed at the box office. Someday, The Lion King remake will make it on the list of Box Office. The fact said, The Lion King remains one of the most successful animated movies ever made. The animation is having grossed $968 million back in 1994 on a budget of just $45 million. Those should give Disney every shred of confidence that this remake will be a big hit. Also, everything Beyonce touches seems to turn to gold, so having her magic touch would probably help.