The live-action re-boot of Disney’s smash hit The Lion King is in the process of assembling a truly star-studded cast, with new reports suggesting that director Jon Favreau is lining up the one and only Beyonce to voice the character of Nala.

Sources intimated to Variety on Thursday (March 30th) that the pop superstar is on the top of Oscar-winning director Favreau’s list to provide the voice for Nala, the childhood best friend of Simba, and that the studio and team will do “whatever it takes” to get her on board and work round her schedule.

BeyonceBeyonce has reportedly been offered the voiceover role of Nala in 'The Lion King' re-make

However, the same sources were keen to stress that nothing was set in stone and that Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins and set to give birth later this year, is yet to make a decision.

Other big names who are already signed up for the live-action re-make of The Lion King are Donald Glover (AKA rapper Childish Gambino) who will voice Simba, and James Earl Jones who will reprise his role from the original as Simba’s father, Mufasa.

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Disney’s original movie was released back in 1994 and became one of the highest grossing animated films of all time, grossing $968.5 million around the world. It also earned Sir Elton John the Best Original Song Oscar for ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight?’ and ‘Circle of Life’.

It is not, of course, Bey’s first movie role if she chooses to accept it. She starred in Austin Powers threequel Goldmember back in 2002, as well as 2006’s Dreamgirls and The Pink Panther. Her last appearance was a voice role in 2013’s Epic.

Recently, Bey had to disappoint her fans by pulling out of her headline slot at the Coachella Festival because of her pregnancy. She released her most recent album, the critically acclaimed Lemonade, in 2016.

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