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Beyoncé 'refused to audition' for landmark Disney role

NO ROLE: Beyoncé 'refused to audition' for the landmark role of Princess Tiana

THE CASTING director of landmark Disney film The Princess And The Frog has revealed that US superstar Beyoncé 'expected an offer' for the leading role, but 'refused to audition'.

In her autobiography, Jen Rudin, talks about the time she was asked to find a voice for the lead female protagonist in the 2009 animated fairytale, and was asked to consider the Grown Woman singer.

According to Rudin, "Beyoncé expected an offer, but wouldn’t audition and so she didn’t get one." She said Alicia Keys, on the other hand, "auditioned three times" but failed to secure the part of Tiana.

'[US supermodel] Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson wanted it,' Rudin writes in Confessions Of A Casting Director.

The role finally went to Anika Noni Rose, "who was the most qualified."


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Anika and Beyoncé go back as they both starred in the 2006 cinematic adaption of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls.

The Princess And The Frog, loosely based on E. D. Baker's The Frog Princess, was a landmark in Walt Disney Studio history, as it was the first time a black character was cast as the lead protagonist.

It was therefore unsurprising that so many famous black stars wanted to play the role of the poor young waitress Tiana who falls in love with a prince, but as to escape life as a frog before getting her happy ever after.

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