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Beyoncé joins cast of live-action Lion King

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is joining the cast of The Lion King to voice to role of Nala.

The actor and singer will play Nala

Walt Disney Studios has confirmed that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has joined the cast of a live-action remake of the Lion King in the role of Nala. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is joining the cast of The Lion King to voice to role of Nala. 

The Walt Disney Studios revealed the main cast for its upcoming live-action and CG adaptation of its 1994 animated classic Wednesday and confirmed the months-old rumour that the pop superstar would be lending her voice to the project.

Some had been previously announced for the film including Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

Other cast include Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Keegan-Michael Key as a hyena. 

Jon Favreau, who brought Disney's CG and live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book to life, is set to direct.  

The film is slated for a July 19, 2019 theatrical release.