Disney revealed Beyonce’s character Nala, the best friend and Queen of Simba, for the first time in the new ‘Lion King‘ trailer. Described as “Come Home” trailer, the sneak peek also showcases the live-action avatars of Scar, Rafiki, Timon and Pumbaa, along with a lightning snippet of a climactic showdown between Scar and Simba against a burning Pride Rock.
“Simba, you have to take your place as king,” says Nala in the voice of Beyonce in the trailer.
“We need you. Come home,” she adds.
The new trailer also reveals the voices of Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa, respectively. Donald Glover lends his voice to Simba and the movie also features Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and John Oliver as Zazu. Directed by Jon Favreau, the coming-of-age tale of Simba is the live-action remake of the 1994 animated classic of the same name. James Earl Jones who lent his voice to Mufasa in the 1994 movie reprises his role in the remake, which is written by Jeff Nathanson.
The plot follows the destiny of the lion cub Simba who is the Crown Prince of the Pride Lands in the African savanna. The kingdom is ruled by King Mufasa and his queen, Sarabi. While everyone celebrates the cub’s arrival, Mufasa’s brother and former heir to the throne, the villainous Scar plots a dangerous scheme to dethrone his brother. Simba goes in exile to save his life and makes a couple of newfound friends. In the final showdown, Simba takes on the mighty Scar to avenge his evil deeds and take back the throne.
According to a Variety report, Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles Lawson shared her excitement at the Wearable Art Gala on Saturday. “My kids [Beyonce and Solange] and I watched ‘The Lion King’ probably 30 times, so I was a big push for Beyonce to do the voice of Nala,” Knowles Lawson told Variety. “I got to see part of the movie and I cried. I mean, it’s going to be another 50-60 years of [audiences watching].”
Jon Favreau recently teased about his take on the classic animation sequences. The director said his film is neither animated nor live-action. “Well, it’s difficult because it’s neither, really. It depends on what standard you’re using. Because there’s no real animals and there’s no real cameras and there’s not even any performance that’s being captured that’s underlying data that’s real. Everything is coming through the hands of artists. But to say it’s animated I think is misleading as far as what the expectations might be,” Favreau told reporters. ‘The Lion King‘ hits theaters on July 19, 2019.
Check out the new “Come Home” trailer for ‘The Lion King” remake below.
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