In what is probably some of the most perfect casting of the year, it has just been announced that Beyonce is set to star in the CGI remake of Disney's 'The Lion King', alongside the likes of Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Seth Rogen.

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Beyonce really could not be a better pick to play Nala in the new movie, and it will be her first film role in six years. She confirmed the news, after rumours had been circling the internet since March, on her Facebook page, and fans are seriously excited to see her (or rather hear her) back on the big screen, especially in a much adored story like 'The Lion King'.

The 'Formation' singer's last movie role was the voice of Queen Tara in 2013's 'Epic', while her last live action role was the lead in 2009's romantic thriller 'Obsessed' starring opposite Idris Elba. Previous movie credits include 'Cadillac Records', 'Dreamgirls', 'The Pink Panther' and 'The Fighting Temptations'.

Directed by Jon Favreau ('The Jungle Book') with a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson ('Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'), the new movie features Donald Glover as the voice of Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the evil uncle Scar, John Oliver as Zazu, and Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner as Pumbaa and Timon. 

James Earl Jones reprises his role as Simba's father Mufasa, returning more than 20 years since the 1994 animated movie which also starred Matthew Broderick, Rowan Atkinson and Jeremy Irons.

'The Lion King' is the latest in a string of Disney reboots such as 'The Jungle Book', 'Cinderella' and 'Beauty and the Beast'. 'Aladdin' is also currently in the making for next year, with director Guy Ritchie, and Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud in lead roles.

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'The Lion King' is set to be released on July 19th 2019.