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Though some of us might have raised an eyebrow at 's new plan of turning everything the light touches into a live-action movie, the recent success of Beauty and the Beast has proven the studio might be onto something. Aladdin, Mulan and even Dumbo are getting live-action remakes that should be able to convert the youngest generation to Disney adoration.

The live-action adaptation of doesn't have a release date yet, but the cast looks already promising: Atlanta breakout and singer Donald Glover has been tapped to voice Simba, and James Earl Jones is returning from the 1994 animation for the role of Mufasa. While we eagerly wait to hear Disney's pick for Scar, rumor has it that the studio has made the best possible choice it could make in casting Simba's queen Nala: Disney wants Beyoncé.

Sweet Dreams Come True: Beyoncé Could Voice Nala In 'The Lion King'

According to Variety, Disney is courting Beyoncé to voice Nala, Simba's childhood friend who finds him again years later and encourages him to take back the throne. (And gave us that memorable horny lioness face that went way over our heads as kids.)

'The Lion King' [Credit: Disney]
'The Lion King' [Credit: Disney]

Beyoncé, who announced in February she was pregnant with twins, has reportedly not made a definitive decision yet. As the movie is set to begin production in May, it'd make sense that the pop star decides to not start any new projects while pregnant, especially since she's cancelled her appearance at Coachella — but one can hope.

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At least there's no doubt that Queen B has the vocal prowess to take on the role. Her last release, Lemonade, took everyone by surprise when it was released as a visual album in April 2016, and has garnered critical acclaim and nine Grammy nominations (shockingly missing the win for Album of the Year).

Jon Favreau, who's also behind the 2016 live-action remake of The Jungle Book, will be directing The Lion King.

Do you think Beyoncé would be a good pick for the role of Nala?

(Source: Variety)


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