Producers of the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s “The Lion King” are reportedly in talks to sign Beyonce to play Nala, with Variety reporting that the pop superstar is director Jon Favreau’s top choice for the key role.
“Insiders stress that the Grammy winner has not made a decision regarding the film yet, as the star is pregnant with twins,” Variety notes. “But since it’s a voice-acting role, sources say the studio and director will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule.”
Some of the key players have already been nailed down, including Donald Glover as the voice of Simba and James Earl Jones as Simba’s father, Mufasa — reprising his role from the blockbuster 1994 animated epic. Jeff Nathanson is writing the remake.
“The film is being fast-tracked, even as Favreau begins development on his sequel to the recent hit ‘The Jungle Book,'” Variety notes, adding: “The studio’s emphasis on live-action adaptations follows the successes of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010), ‘Maleficent’ (2014), ‘Cinderella’ (2015), and, most recently, ‘Beauty and the Beast.’”