Beyoncé has officially joined Disney’s highly anticipated live-action version of its beloved animated film, The Lion King.

The singer will be playing the character of Nala, a lion who is the love interest of the film’s protagonist, Simba.  She’ll join an all-star cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones, who is reprising his role from the 1994 animated film as Mufasa.

Others starring in the cast include Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Seth Rogen and Alfre Woodard.

The cast of Disney’s original 1994 animated film set in an African savannah setting included, Matthew Broderick as Simba, Moira Kelly as Nala, and Jeremy Irons as Scar villain (who, in a smart bit of casting for the new film, will now be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor). One thing hasn’t changed: James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa.

Released in 1994, The Lion King is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time with a lifetime global box office of $968.8M. It also spawned the smash musical, which won six Tony Awards including Best Musical and in October will mark 20 consecutive years playing on Broadway.

The film is set for release on July 19, 2019, and we can’t wait!

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