Beyoncé Might Play Nala in the Upcoming ‘The Lion King’ Live-Action Film

Queen Bey is currently in talks for the role of another queen. This time, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter might grace our screens in a reimagining of one of our favorite childhood films, The Lion King.

In case you missed it, a live-action remake of the 1994 classic The Lion King is one of the upcoming film projects Walt Disney Studios has in the works. The news broke last year after The Jungle Book became a massive hit, earning over $900 million worldwide. Due to the enormous success of 2016’s The Jungle Book, the studio has fast-tracked production on The Lion King.

Stepping into the director’s chair once again will be Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, Iron Man). The film/television publication Variety reports that Beyoncé is among Favreau’s top picks to play the role of Simba’s love interest, Nala.

Reprising his notable role as Mufasa will be James Earl Jones and playing his son Simba, will be writer/rapper/actor Donald Glover. Both actors have been confirmed for the respective roles.

Due to her pregnancy, Beyoncé has not yet confirmed or denied whether or not she will sign on to be a part of the film. The singer announced her pregnancy with twins earlier this year. A very pregnant Beyoncé performed her heart out at The Grammys in February, but by the end of the month, she had to drop out as headliner for the Coachella festival due to doctor’s orders.

Since portraying Nala only entails voice-acting, there is a huge possibility that the “Formation” singer might say yes. Favreau and the studio are pushing to make her decision easier by doing whatever they can to accommodate her schedule.

This will be Beyonce’s first movie role since 2013’s fantasy/adventure animated film Epic. Other past movie credits for the renowned pop singer include The Pink Panther, Dreamgirls, and Obsessed.

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Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.