Disney is on a remake roll, and in the last two years we've seen reboots of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast.

Last year, it was confirmed that 90s classic The Lion King was also getting a revamp, and today it was revealed that superstar Beyoncé will voice the role of Nala - Simba's childhood-friend-turned-love-interest.

The story of The Lion King - which is largely believed to be based on Shakespeare's Hamlet - follows the story of Simba, a young lion prince who is cast out of the kingdom by his cruel uncle Scar who claims that the cub killed his father the king.

While Scar rules the pack with an iron paw, Simba grows up and returns to take his place as the rightful heir.

Here's everything we know so far about the highly anticipated remake.

What do we know so far?

Jon Favreau will be directing the film, he was also responsible for the live-action remake of The Jungle Book.

Songs from the original film, such as I Just Can't Wait To Be King and Circle of Life, will feature in the remake.

When is the film out?

The Lion King reboot is planned for release in July 2019.

The studios said: "We can officially confirm that The Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new re-imagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production."

Who is in the cast?


It was announced today that Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Beyoncé will voice Nala.

The lioness befriends Simba as a young cub and later becomes his partner as he fights against his evil tyrant uncle Scar.

Back in July Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z welcomed twins, Rumi and Sir. They also have a 5-year-old daughter called Blue Ivy.

Donald Glover

Soon after the film was announced last September, Disney confirmed that Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Donald Glover would voice the lead role of Simba.

As well as being a successful actor, the 34-year-old star is also a musician and goes by the stage name Childish Gambino.

The father-of-one has also appeared in Magic Mike XXL and The Martian.

James Earl Jones

Three-time Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as Simba's father Mufasa.

The actor - who has been described as "one of the greatest actors in American history" - voiced Mufasa in the original Lion King movie in 1994.

James, who is now 86-years-old, fought in the Korean War in the 1950s before pursuing a career in acting.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will voice the role of Simba's uncle Scar, who kills Mufasa and makes the young cub believe he is responsible for his father's death.

The 40-year-old actor first made a name for himself portraying drag queen Lola in Kinky Boots, as well as playing Peter in Love Actually.

But it was his role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave that cemented his stardom - he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen

Comedians Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner will voice the lovable meerkat and warthog duo Timon and Pumbaa.

Seth will voice Pumbaa, whilst Billy has been cast as Timon - the pair previously appeared together in Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising.

Eichner is also known for his roles in Parks And Recreation and Difficult People.

In the original animation both characters were voiced by The Producers actor Nathan Lane.