No one, not a single Twitter user, was ready for the official announcement that Beyoncé would star as Nala in the 2019 remake of classic children’s film The Lion King. More than six months after rumors sparked that the “Formation” singer was director Jon Favreau’s top pick for the role, the Beyhive’s dreams came true — and subsequently, they were immediately buzzing all over Twitter.
Disney announced the news in a nonchalant tweet last night (Nov. 1), with a photo of the star-studded cast, including Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones as Mufasa.
— Disney (@Disney) November 1, 2017
Of course, Twitter users quickly realized that not only was the cast great, but the Hans-Zimmer-scored soundtrack was destined to be blessed by Beyoncé’s killer vocals, and an unexpected collaboration with Childish Gambino on iconic Disney love song, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?”
Fans had plenty more to point out about the greatness that will surely ensue with this cast in 2019, which now seems oh-so far away. Read through the ten best reactions to Beyoncé’s new role, below.
Let me go through the categories Beyoncé could potentially win at least one Oscar in. pic.twitter.com/6QzhlMp0ia
— Beysus † Godga (@BeyLovesGaga) November 1, 2017
I am glad the Lion King is being rebooted so we can remember Scar can only be President for so long before Beyoncé shows up & fixes it
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) November 2, 2017
BEYONCÉ! BEYONCÉ! Singing CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT with DONALD GLOVER?!
Just throw me into a fucking stampede! I am done. https://t.co/JnLsKGoD6m
— Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) November 1, 2017
— MI EDGES (@supersaiyanbey) November 1, 2017
Simba when Nala starts talking pic.twitter.com/Cu92Dd8oY3
— ???? (@NasMaraj) November 1, 2017
hans zimmer is scoring the live action remake of the lion king. hans zimmer with donald glover and beyoncé…….hold on to your wigs girls
— — (@bleuvaIentine) November 1, 2017
me: stop remaking Disney movies!
*sees new Lion King cast*
me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SEVENYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA https://t.co/GMtBjPjo1n
— Mamaloo Akbar (@MamoudouNDiaye) November 1, 2017
I mean honestly just retitle it The Lion Queen now https://t.co/nnLDqyMXFj
— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) November 1, 2017
I’m trying to shove dollar bills into the phone. Just take my money now. https://t.co/yUf1Ev2e9V
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 2, 2017
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) November 2, 2017