BEYONCÉ, the iconic showbiz Queen will voice Nala in the live-action remake of The Lion King, according to an official announcement from Walt Disney company.
The new Lion King will also feature the voices of notable actors and comedians such as John Oliver (voicing Zazu), Billy Eichner (Timon), Seth Rogan (Pumbaa), Keegan-Michael Key (hyena) and Eric Andrea (Azizi).
James Earl Jones, who voiced the lead role of Mufasa in Disney’s landmark 1994 original, will reprise his role in the remake. Donald Glover will voice Simba, Alfre Woodard will feature as Sarabi, while UK-based actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will voice Scar.
Also included in the new castings are veteran South African actor John Kani, who will voice Rafiki. Eric Andre will voice Azizi, Florence Kasumba will feature as Shenzi, and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari.
Disney said the film will be released in 2019 and will be directed by Jon Favreau who directed the Jungle Book remake.
Beyoncé last voiced a character in the 2013 animated movie, Epic.
Previously, she performed in a variety of movies including Austin Powers in Goldmember, Dreamgirls and Obsessed.
Commenting on his role as director of The Lion King, Favreau said: “It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life.”
According to Walt Disney, the Lion King musical has grossed more money at the box office than any other film or stage show in history.
Worldwide ticket sales for the show surpassed $6.2bn ($3.8bn) in the summer of 2014, meaning it has taken more money than huge cinema hits such as any individual Star Wars film, Titanic and the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar, which took $2.8bn (£1.7bn).
The Lion King, which was originally a 1994 animated film, tells the story of Simba, a royal lion cub who is cast into the wild by his evil uncle, Scar. With the help of his animal friends Simba goes on to regain his rightful place as King of the Jungle.
Since its Broadway debut in 1997 the Lion King musical has been seen by an estimated 80 million people in 22 productions around the world.