It’s Official: Beyonce Joins ‘Lion King’ Reboot Cast

The Lion King
The Lion King

Disney shook up social media Wednesday evening with the official reveal of the full key cast for its upcoming The Lion King reboot. The primary fan reaction seems to be: “OMG!” And with the news that Oscar nominee/BAFTA winner Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange, The Martian, 12 Years a Slave) and multitalented superstar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter were officially confirmed as Scar and Nala, is it any wonder?

The news was issued with a classy black-and-white photo collection which you can see below.

Due out July 19, 2019, The Lion King is an arguably live-action remake of the 1994 animated classic, directed by The Jungle Book (2016) helmer Jon Favreau and building on the digital production and CG animation techniques used on that film. The screenplay is written by Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; Catch Me If You Can).

The full cast is:

Donald Glover as Simba

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala

James Earl Jones as Mufasa

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar

Alfre Woodard as Sarabi

John Oliver as Zazu

John Kani as Rafiki

Seth Rogen as Pumbaa

Billy Eichner as Timon

Eric Andre as Azizi

Florence Kasumba as Shenzi

Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari

J.D. McCrary as young Simba

Shahadi Wright Joseph as young Nala

The Lion King

The Lion King