Beyoncé is the Top Choice to Play this Disney “Princess”

This could be magical.

Like many mid-’90s millennials, the Lion King is my favourite childhood film. And like anyone who has ears, eyes and a heart, I bow down to Beyoncé. So when Variety reported that Queen Bey is in talks to voice the role of Nala in the live-action reboot of The Lion King, I (and pretty much everyone else on Twitter) completely lost it.

Now you might be thinking, “Nala isn’t a Disney Princess! This is click bait!” But hear me out. Raised among the ranks of rulers and married to a king, Nala is as good a Disney princess as Cinderella or Belle. She may not be a “human” princess, but Nala is everything a Disney princess should be. She’s strong, brave, beautiful—and she pretty much saves the movie by seeking out Simba and calling out his BS.

But is the role of a lioness princess worthy of the queen of all queens? Unlike Coachella, Beyoncé’s pregnancy shouldn’t affect her ability to accept this job. (If the Grammy’s were any indication, her voice is as magical as ever with two babies in her belly.) And after all, Beyoncé is no stranger to the big screen. The “Formation” singer has starred in movie musical Dreamgirls, Mike Myers’s comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember and stalker thriller Obsessed.

Whether or not Bey is on board, the Lion King remake is 100 per cent happening, with Atlanta star Donald Glover playing Simba and The Jungle Book’s Jon Favreau directing. Here’s hoping our queen “feels the love” and gets on board.