Disney’s The Lion King is getting a live-action remake, and if director Jon Favreau gets his way, Simba may be getting some “Daddy Lessons” from Beyoncé.
Insiders tell Variety that the singer is Favreau’s first-choice for the role. Beyoncé — who’s pregnant with twins — hasn’t made a decision yet, but since it’s a voice-acting role, both the studio and the director are willing to do whatever it takes to accommodate her.
Donald Glover is already on board to voice Simba, as is James Earl Jones, who will reprise his role as Simba’s father, Mufasa.
This wouldn’t be Beyoncé’s first big-screen turn. She lent her voice to her voice to Fox’s Epic in 2013, and appeared in the flesh in the 2009 thriller Obsessed, the 2006 movie musical Dreamgirls and 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember.
The Lion King, originally released in 1994, is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, earning over $968 million worldwide. The remake is set for a 2018 release.
Favreau is currently beginning development on his sequel to the 2016 hit The Jungle Book.
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