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Elton John confirms he is working on new music for Lion King remake and planning duet with Beyonce
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Elton John confirms he is working on new music for Lion King remake and planning duet with Beyonce

Elton John has confirmed that he will be recording new music for the soundtrack to 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

Speaking to The Sun, John confirmed he would be creating new music for the movie, while the songs he wrote for 1994 original will also be used and a duet with Beyonce, who stars in the movie, is being planned.

He said: "They need to have a new end credits song. There’s going to be four of our songs in the film, from the original: ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’, ‘Hakuna Matata’, ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ and ‘Circle of Life’."

He continued: "And then there will be an end, closing song, and we’ve been speaking to Beyoncé’s people and hopefully Tim and I and her can cook up something. That’s going out in 2019 as well. And it will be great to work with her. So we will see."

Beyonce 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. 

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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