The upcoming remake of Disney’s hit 1994 animated feature The Lion King is packed with big-name celebs, or at least their voices. Donald Glover will play Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Scar, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are Pumbaa and Timon, John Oliver is Zazu, Alfre Woodard is Sarabi, and the calming voice of James Earl Jones will return to reprise his role as the wise and mighty Mufasa. But Jones isn’t the only actor who will be soothing fans with his rich and powerful vocals. Beyoncé is also set to star in the film as Nala, and in this week’s new TV teaser spot we finally hear Queen Bey in the jungle.
The new TV spot includes footage from the film with Beyoncé’s Nala delivering the fateful line, “Simba, you have to take your place as king.” Chills. “We need you. Come home,” says Beyoncé to finish the inspiring clip.
If Beyoncé can’t get you revved up to take your rightful place as the ruler of the animal kingdom, nothing will.
The 40-second spot also includes some comic relief from Rogen and Eichner, who we may be just as excited to see in their roles as Pumbaa and Timon. Almost. It is still Beyoncé, after all.
Glover, who stars opposite Beyoncé as adult Simba, has still not appeared in a trailer.
The pop superstar was clearly inspired by her time in the African jungle, with Beyoncé going full lion queen at this weekend’s Wearable Art Gala, which was sponsored by Disney. Wearing a custom cape by Georges Hobeika and gold sandals by Eli Peacock, Beyoncé, along with daughter Blue Ivy, looked even fiercer than usual in her stunning catsuit.
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The Jon Favreau-directed film is just one of the huge titles Disney is bringing back to the big screen this year. Dumbo premiered on March 29 and the live action remake of Aladdin hit theatres in May. The latest X-Men instalment Dark Phoenix arrives on June 7, the highly anticipated Toy Story 4 returns from infinity and beyond on June 21, Angelina Jolie reprises her role as Maleficent in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on October 18, winter returns with Frozen II on November 22 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is back from a galaxy far, far away on December 20.
As for The Lion King, it roars into theatres on July 19.