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A new queen is officially taking over Pride Rock: Queen Bey. Disney confirmed on Wednesday night that Beyoncé will voice Nala in Disney’s live-action remake of “The Lion King,” which is set to be released in 2019.

Variety first reported in March that Beyoncé was director Jon Favreau’s top choice to voice the fictional lioness. However, due to the fact that the “Formation” singer was pregnant with twins at the time, no final decision had been made. The studio confirmed the entire star-studded cast on social media, sharing the official announcement in a photo.

The film, which was first announced last fall, also stars Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, John Oliver as Zazu, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa and John Kani as Rafiki. James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the 1994 animated film, will reprise his role as the ill-fated leader of the Pride Lands in the live-action remake. “The Lion King” is just one of many live-action remakes Disney has done in recent years. The studio has also reimagined “Alice In Wonderland,” “”Maleficent,” “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

The original movie starred Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Moira Kelly, Rowan Atkinson, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella and Whoopi Goldberg. It grossed more than $422 million the U.S., according to the Walt Disney Company, and earned over $968 million worldwide. The film was also translated into a hit Broadway musical.

“The Lion King” remake is expected to be released July 19, 2019.

See how social media reacted to the official casting announcement below:

Social Media Reacts to Full Cast for Disney’s Live-Action Remake of “The Lion King”

What are your thoughts on Beyoncé being cast as Nala in Disney’s live-action remake? How do you feel about the rest of the “Lion King” cast? Sound off in the comments section below!

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