The Grammy winner is Jon Favreau’s top choice to voice Simba’s mate, according to Variety. Beyonce has not yet decided whether she will take on the role due to her pregnancy, sources told the publication. Donald Glover and James Earl Jones are also said to have been in talks to voice Simba and Mufasa, respectively.
The Walt Disney Company confirmed the Lion King reimagining was definitely happening last fall. “We can officially confirm that The Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production,” the company said in a statement. “The project follows the technologically groundbreaking smash hit The Jungle Book, directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has earned $965.8 million worldwide.”
If Beyonce were to accept the role, it would be her first movie role since she voiced Queen Tara in 2013’s animated movie, Epic.
The superstar, who is the first woman artist to have 12 songs on the Billboard top 100, was Fortune‘s “fun 51” pick for its 2016 Most Powerful Women list. Not only has she had a significant impact on the music and film industry, but she’s made an impact on the business world too. She founded entertainment and management company, Parkwood Entertainment, in addition to co-founding the new activewear brand, Ivy Park. Beyonce’s net worth is now an estimated $290 million.