Queen Bey herself recently confirmed her role as Nala in Walt Disney's new live-action remake of The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book). A more perfect pairing could never have been made, and her portrayal of Nala rounds out a stellar cast that also includes James Earl Jones as Mufasa and Donald Glover as Simba.
Disney has been hit and miss with their new trend of live-action revivals of beloved classics, Beyoncé's decision to dip her toes back into acting got us thinking about all of the other characters that deserve to be reimagined with the flair of Sasha Fierce. Let's take a look some of the most iconic characters in film that we'd love to see brought back to screen by Beyoncé.
As of right now, three different versions of The Little Mermaid are slated to hit theaters over the next couple of years, but we all know the only one that really matters. Lin-Manuel Miranda has been confirmed to be penning the lyrics to Disney's remake, which automatically dials anticipation up to 11. We all know Ursula is the most intriguing character in this story by far, so why not just put that charismatic casting on lockdown with Beyoncé? She's confident, convincing, and has the sass for days — plus we already know she can carry those vocals. I'm ready to download the version of "Poor Unfortunate Soul" right now.
Beyoncé's Tinkerbell has something to say. She doesn't need a man, and she welcomes the presence of some extra estrogen in Neverland. This new movie is the Tinkerbell show, and Peter just happens to be along for the ride. Watch out Captain Hook, you haven't seen anything yet.
She spends her days fighting against the oppression of the man who created her, and she literally has to put pieces of herself back together again and again. Sally also doesn't waste time sitting around for a hero to save her like so many other quintessential '90s damsels in distress. There's already so much to work with here, so all we need is for Beyoncé to enhance the raw material by kicking it up a notch. And maybe add a few more songs with Sally as the lead.
Jane was played by Natalie Portman originally, but who says we have to keep that casting when Thor gets her own movie? If we've learned anything from this year's Thor: Ragnarok, it's that the people want to see more women of color in major superhero roles and it could be Bey.
It was announced last year that Gore Verbinski (best known for directing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies) is attached to a remake with 20th Century Fox. Just imagine an even edgier, powerhouse version of the sexy, savvy Miss Scarlett embodied by Mrs. Carter.
Dr. Who is entering a new era with a female doctor, so why can't another decades-old franchise make a similar statement. Beyoncé continuously breaks the mold in the music industry, and she can lend the same trailblazing confidence to a female Bond character.
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