Beyoncé will be the voice of Nala in the live-action remake of The Lion King, Variety informs. Though the deal is not yet sealed, the music diva is director Jon Favreau’s favorite to voice the lioness.
According to sources speaking to Variety, movie director Jon Favreau and his crew is decided to have Beyoncé voice Simba’s mate, Nala, on the remake of The Lion King. And even though the studios have not confirmed that this was a sealed deal, the same sources claim Favreau will do all that is in his power to accommodate Beyoncé’s busy schedule.
Donald Glover and James Earl Jones will voice other two key-characters in the live-action: Glover will interpret the main character, Simba, while Jones will lend his voice to Simba’s father, Mufasa. Interestingly enough, Jones has been the original voice of Mufasa, in the animated movie from 1994. The voice of adult Simba was actor Matthew Broderick, while young Simba was voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
When the original Lion King was released in 1994, it was the highest-grossing animation until that time, cashing in $968.5 million around the globe.
Last year, Jon Favreau directed and produced another live-action remake: The Jungle Book. The movie was co-produced by Brigham Taylor and written by Justin Marks and starred Neel Sethi as Mowgli. Bill Murray voiced Baloo, Ben Kingsley was Bagheera and Idris Elba lent his voice to villain Shere Khan.
The Jungle Book was a huge success, both financially and production-wise. Created with a budged of $175 million, it grossed $966.6 million worldwide. Critics praised the visual effects, the voice cast and the music and last, but not least, director Favreau’s intention and ability to remain faithful to the animated movie, released 50 years ago, more precisely in October 1967.
The voice of Nala is not the first that Beyoncé does in a movie animation. Back in 2013, she was cast as the voice of Queen Tara in the animated movie Epic.