Disney has been on a roll with its live-action remakes of its animated classics, and the studio is continuing this trend with director Jon Favreau's upcoming The Lion King remake. The film has assembled an impressive star-studded cast so far, consisting of reputable actors like Alfre Woodard, James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and Chiwetel Ejiofor. That's an impressive lineup of actors who'll undoubtedly be able to carry the weight of the film on their shoulders. But there's still one performer whom we've been dying to see join this cast: Beyoncé.
Back in March, Variety reported that #Disney was interested in having the singer play Nala, Simba's trustworthy companion. Nothing came out of that report, but our hopes were raised once again when, five months later, The Tracking Board revealed that Queen Bey was in final negotiations to join the film. Once again, things went quiet and we still haven't heard any news since that report came out. People have been understandably quite confused over her involvement as a result of that media silence, and now, we've gotten an idea of just how much people want to see Beyoncé in the remake.
The Hype For Beyoncé Joining 'The Lion King' Is Very Real
The Geeks of Color Twitter page recently posted an image featuring all the confirmed Lion King remake cast members. But continuing the frustrating mystery that's been her involvement, Beyoncé was missing from the lineup:
As I'm sure you can imagine, the picture caused quite a stir online. Numerous Disney fans couldn't stop wondering what was happening with the beloved singer: Was she in the movie? Was she still in negotiations? Dozens of Twitter users voiced these concerns and questions in cheeky responses to the post:
We'll Just Have To Wait And See What Happens
I don't know about you, but I totally agree with the desperation going on around the interwebs. So, is Beyoncé actually in The Lion King? To be honest, it's tough to tell. Hearing an actor is in "final negotiations" to join a project doesn't mean said performer will officially end up signing the dotted line. As frustrating as it may sound, all we can do right now is hope for a confirmation from Disney or Queen Bey herself.
Admittedly, there are a slew of other talented actresses who could bring Nala to life, but there's just something special about having Beyoncé voicing her. Her personality and killer vocals make her one of those rare, perfect fits for the character. I'm crossing my fingers to know more about that situation sooner rather than later.
The Lion King is expected to make its way into theaters on July 19, 2019.
What do you think about the mystery surrounding Beyoncé's casting in The Lion King? Are you just as curious to know whether she's in the movie? Let me know in the comments!