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Will Beyoncé Be Queen of the Jungle in The Lion King Reboot?

The internet is roaring with rumors, but we're crazy in love with Bey playing Nala.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis March 31, 2017

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Oh, we just can't wait for BEYONCÉ to be queen. While nothing has been confirmed (plus Zazu keeps dodging the subject in his Morning Report), Variety shared that the folks at Disney are courting the Houston native to be the voice of Nala in their live-action reboot (think this year's Beauty and the Beast) of the 1994 animated classic, The Lion King.

Jon Favreau (director—and funny man Happy Hogan—of Iron Man) is slated to direct the recently announced project. Favreau, who also directed a modernized The Jungle Book in 2016, took to Twitter in February to announce that Golden Globe Award-winner Donald Glover will play Simba and Academy Award nominee James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, which Jones voiced in the original film that grossed $968.5 million worldwide.

As the new cast gets in formation, the question remains: Will Beyoncé join this beloved franchise's new pride? Expecting twins in the coming months (internet rumor mills predict anywhere between April and July), it's easy to understand why taking on a new project would give her pause. However, since it's just a speaking role, something tells us that the studio will "remember who they are" (read: "not Beyoncé") and bow down to her schedule.

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