Jon Favreau Wants Beyoncé to Voice Nala in His Live-Action 'Lion King' Remake
Published Mar 31, 2017After finding success with his live-action remake of The Jungle Book last year, director Jon Favreau has set his sights on an updated version of Disney's 1994 feature The Lion King — and he wants Beyoncé to lend her voice to the project.
The film has already confirmed that Donald Glover will voice lead lion Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his voice-acting role as Simba's father, Mufasa.
Beyoncé, meanwhile, is reportedly Favreau's first choice to provide the voice of Simba's feline friend Nala. The singer is currently pregnant with twins and recently had to back out of headlining Coachella, but sources have told Variety that the film "will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule."
Beyoncé previously showed off her voice-acting skills with a role in the 2013 animated action-adventure flick Epic, and has also appeared in films like Obsessed, Cadillac Records, Dreamgirls, The Pink Panther and Austin Powers in Goldmember.
The Lion King will mark the latest in a series of Disney live-action updates, following the likes of Alice in Wonderland (2010), Maleficent (2014), Cinderella (2015), the aforementioned Jungle Book (2016) and Beauty and the Beast, which was just released earlier this month.