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Beyonce signs up for key role in The Lion King remake, Disney unveils full cast
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Beyonce signs up for key role in The Lion King remake, Disney unveils full cast

Beyonce and Keegan-Michael Key have joined the voice cast for Disney's new remake of The Lion King

The remake will be handled by Jon Favreau, who will employ the same techniques and technology he used to create 2016's hit The Jungle Book

The singer will voice Nala, the love interest and partner in crime of the story's hero Simba, while Key, comedian Eric Andre and Black Panther's Florence Kasumba will voice menacing hyenas. 

Donald Glover, who has just finished portraying Lando Calrissian in the new Star Wars spin-off about young Han Solo, will voice Simba, while James Earl Jones, who recently returned to voice Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will portray Mufasa, the character he voiced in the 1994 animation. 

Chiwetel Ejiofor will take the voice of villain Scar, with Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver also in key roles. You can see the full cast below:

The Lion King was first released in 1994 and grossed just shy of a billion dollars at the box office. It told the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba's uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile.

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