Beyonce Is Confirmed for 'The Lion King' Role, and The Beyhive Is Ecstatic

Stephanie Topacio Long
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The Beyhive is collectively going nuts, and for good reason, too.

Disney unveiled the cast of its live-action version of "The Lion King" on Wednesday, and there were numerous exciting names on the list, including that of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The multi Grammy-winning singer is slated to play Nala, Simba's childhood playmate and adult love interest. She'll star opposite rapper-slash-actor Donald Glover (Simba), who is also known by his stage name, Childish Gambino.

Beyoncé and Glover won't appear in the entire movie, as it includes young versions of Nala and Simba; they'll be played by Shahadi Wright Joseph and J.D. McCrary, respectively. Meanwhile, James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), John Oliver (Zazu), and more also star.

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