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Beyonce Knowles Will Play Nala in 'The Lion King' 2019 Remake!

Following casting rumors that swirled earlier this year, it’s now official: Beyonce Knowles is playing Nala in Disney’s upcoming 2019 remake of The Lion King!

The full all-star lineup for the Jon Favreau-directed new take on 1994 classic The Lion King was announced on Wednesday evening (November 1), including Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa (reprising his iconic original role), Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi.

John Oliver will play Zazu, while Seth Rogen will play Pumbaa. Billy Eichner will play Timon.

The upcoming film will utilize “pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way.”

Beyonce also shared the news on her Facebook.

The Lion King hits theaters on July 19, 2019. Check out the full casting below!

James Earl Jones to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Tonys 2017

Legendary performer on the stage and screen James Earl Jones will receive the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at the 2017 Tony Awards.

“In 1975 when I came to NY to study acting, my father – the actor Robert Earl Jones – took me on a Grand Tour,” the 86-year-old actor said in a statement. “The first night was to the opera Tosca starring Leontyne Price. I loved the singing, but I didn’t understand the format of opera. The second night was Swan Lake starring Margot Fontaine. The movement of the bodies just seemed like magic. The third night was Pal Joey. I was captivated by the warmth of the light on stage. I was not inspired to sing and dance, but I knew I wanted to be in the warmth of the stage light. The fourth night was Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible. By contrast, it created a cold world, coldness between human beings, but the ideas that Arthur Miller was able to evoke onstage were blazing hot. I knew I wanted to be a part of this and to explore the stage.”

James has won Tonys for The Great White Hope and Fences, and has performed in On Golden Pond, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Driving Miss Daisy, The Best Man, You Can’t Take It With You, and The Gin Game on Broadway as well.

The Tonys will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Donald Glover Set to Play Simba in 'Lion King' Live-Action Remake

Donald Glover has joined the cast of the upcoming live-action Lion King movie.

The 33-year-old Atlanta actor and rapper will also be joined in the film by James Earl Jones, who is set to reprise his role as Mufasa, who he voiced 1994 animated original.

Not much is known about the film, but the announcements were made by director Jon Favreau on his Twitter.

“I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba,” Jon wrote, along with a photo of Donald.

Donald has been cast in some high profile roles recently, including taking on the role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars young Han Solo flick.

Cecilia Hart Dead - Actress, Wife of James of Earl Jones, Dies After Cancer Battle at 68

Actress Cecilia Hart, and wife of James Earl Jones, has passed away after a year-long battle with ovarian cancer at 68-years-old, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 68-year-old actress was best known for her work on Broadway as well as making guest appearances on Three’s Company, MacGyver, and Law & Order.

Cecilia met husband James when they starred on 1979-80 television series Paris.

In 1982, Cecilia and James starred in on Broadway together in a production of William Shakespeare’s Othello and married later that year.

Cecilia
is survived by her husband and their son Flynn.

Rose Byrne & Glenn Close Have a 'Damages' Reunion at 'You Can't Take It With You' Opening!

Rose Byrne is the picture of elegance as she arrives at the party to celebrate the opening night of her Broadway show You Can’t Take It With You held at Brasserie 8 1/2 on Sunday (September 28) in New York City.

The 35-year-old actress’ former Damages co-star Glenn Close came out to show her support with her current co-star John Lithgow. Glenn and John are starring in A Delicate Balance on Broadway.

Earlier in the evening, Rose joined her cast including Annaleigh Ashford, Fran Kranz, and James Earl Jones on stage for their curtain call.

FYI: Rose is wearing a Dsquared2 dress, Casadei shoes, Moran Martine jewels, and Oroton clutch.

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