Beyoncé Frontrunner To Play Nala In ‘The Lion King’ Remake

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Beyoncé is the first choice to voice Nala in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ live-action remake, reports Variety.

Though she hasn’t accepted the role yet, she is reportedly director Jon Favreau’s first choice to voice the character.

The singer announced that she was expecting in early February causing her to drop out of headlining the Coachella festival. "But since it’s a voice-acting role, sources say the studio and director will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule," Variety reported.

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

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

In September 2016, when Favreau, who also directed the live-action ‘The Jungle Book, was announced as the director of the new ‘Lion King’, Disney said it was fast-tracking the film, though no premiere date has been announced yet.

-Devashree Goenka