The live-action remake of one of Disney's most beloved films is shaping up to be a star-studded affair, as the full cast has just been announced.
Beyonce was being touted for the role of Simba's friend Nala for several months, but she's now been confirmed for the film, which is set for release in 2019.
Also joining her in the Jon Favreau-directed film is Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, who have also been confirmed as Timon and Pumbaa in what we have to admit is an inspired bit of casting.
We already knew that Donald Glover was playing Simba, but other new names on the casting sheet are Chiwitel Ejiofor as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu (!) and Eric Andre as Azizi, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Simba's dad, Mufasa (which makes us want to sob!)
Favreau said: "It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life."
We have high hopes for this one, lads... don't mess it up. No pressure.
Simba when Nala starts talking pic.twitter.com/Cu92Dd8oY3
— Ø£Ø³ÙˆØ¯ (@NasMaraj) November 1, 2017
Donald Glover and Beyoncé as Simba and Nala in The Lion King.. pic.twitter.com/DU4RvtjJLA
— Ù‹ (@ncgans) November 1, 2017
BEYONCÉ IS OFFICIALLY NALA IN THE LION KING AND I CAN ALREADY TELL THE SOUNDTRACK WILL SAVE MY LIFE pic.twitter.com/FEJQiQsKOP
— Beyoncé Facts (@beyceipts) November 1, 2017
Gambino and Beyoncé as Simba and Nala in the live-action Lion King. We don't deserve this.
— Ling (@alyssapalencia) November 2, 2017
gambino as simba. beyoncé as nala. seth rogen as pumba. biiiiiiiiiiiiitch wake me up when it’s 2019 pic.twitter.com/kI6vy2qS2I
— jenniferðŸ'€ (@jnnfrsbdy) November 1, 2017
beyonce as nala, donald glover as simba, eric andre as azizi chiwetel ejiofor as Scar and james earl jones being irreplaceable as mufasa pic.twitter.com/by2O68fU8X
— Ahmed/YHUNG TO STAN (@big_business_) November 1, 2017
It is now confirmed Beyoncé is playing Nala in live action Lion King and I’m sorry but that one sentence made my entire LIFE worth it
— meloncé (@musicaltweetre) November 1, 2017
Beyonce playing Nala pic.twitter.com/FT7PlDyoSl
— Nobody (@LordBalvin) November 1, 2017
This Lion King movie is not about children. It is for adults who stanned LK as children and the Beyhive.
— ðŸ¦ƒ Autumn Wine ðŸ¦ƒ (@KingBeyonceStan) November 1, 2017
How the Disney exec that closed Beyonce's Lion King deal was greeted when they came into work today pic.twitter.com/227IcvnQaE
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) November 2, 2017