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Beyonce added to star-studded cast of The Lion King

NEW ROLE: Beyonce (Photo credit: John Lamparski/WireImage; Disney)

BEYONCE WILL join a star-studded cast for an adaption of The Lion King.

The news was announced on Wednesday (Nov 1) and revealed that the singer will be playing the character of Nala, a lion who is the love interest of the film's protagonist, Simba.

She'll join Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Olivier, Seth Rogan, Alfre Woodard and James Earl Jones, who is reprising his role from the 1994 animated film as Mufasa.

The film, which will be directed by Jon Favreau, will be a "new take" on the classic story of the lions of Pride Rock and will feature "pioneering filmmaking techniques," according to Disney.

The Lion King is set for release on July 19, 2019.

See the announcement below:

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