The Formation singer will voice Nala, Simba’s childhood friend, who later becomes his wife.
Disney and Beyoncé announced the news Wednesday night in a Facebook post. “#TheLionKing 2019,” she wrote, accompanied by a photo of the cast.
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Donald Glover will voice Simba, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as the voice of Mufasa and Chiwetel Ejiofor voicing Scar.
Eric Andre, Florence Kasumba, Keegan-Micheal Key, JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph are also cast in the film, which will be directed by Jon Favreau, who also directed Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book.
In addition to The Lion King, Disney still has live-action reboots of Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, and Aladdin in the works.
The Lion King will hit theatres on July 19, 2019.