Is one of the world’s biggest pop stars set to lend her vocals to the upcoming remake of The Lion King? If Disney gets their wish it looks very likely as news from Variety suggests Beyonce is the first choice to voice Nala in Jon Favreau’s new version of the classic animation.

There is no official deal just yet but the singer is director Favreau’s first choice for the role, which would see her take over the┬árole from Moira Kelly and Sally Dworsky, who voiced and sung in the 1994 film. If she takes the role, she would join Donald Glover (Han Solo), who voices Simba, and James Earl Jones who returns to play Mufasa.

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Aside from her multi-award-winning music career, Beyonce has made the transition to films with roles in such films as Bill Condon’s Dreamgirls, opposite Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy; The Pink Panther with Steve Martin; and Austin Powers in Goldmember, the third entry in the comedy spy series in which she starred with Mike Myers and Sir Michael Caine.

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The new film, which sees Favreau take on another Disney live-action remake after last year’s Oscar Winning The Jungle Book, will use state-of-the-art VR technology to bring the story to life. The original, released in 1994, earned two Academy Awards for Best Song (Can You Feel The Love Tonight) and Best Score and has grossed over $968million worldwide (including a couple of cinema re-releases). Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Rowan Atkinson were amongst the vocal talents.

No official release date for The Lion King has yet been officially set.