The past few days have been such a blur for many twentysomethings, mostly because we were dumb enough to believe that The Lion King wouldn't hurt as much now that we're all adults. Well, this editor cried twice and I'm still planning on watching it again. I welcome the pain.
The nostalgia is real for anyone who grew up watching the original movie. When news broke that Disney was going to release a remake, it was a really big deal—and everyone practically lost their shit when the final cast was revealed.
Beyonce. As Nala. WOW.
After the initial shock, you probably wondered, "How much money did Disney shell out to get the Queen of the Beyhive involved?"
Variety reported that "the studio and director [was willing to do] whatever it [took] to accommodate [Beyonce's] schedule."
ICYDK, The Lion King isn't Bey's first acting gig. She's starred in movies like Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records, Austin Powers in Goldmember, and the severely underrated Obsessed (where she gets to kiss Idris Elba, omg).
Though her salary to play the future queen of Pride Rock remains unclear, several sites have reported that the number is around $25 million (P1,275,637,500). This doesn't just cover her voice work for Nala, though; Beyonce also curated the movie's companion album called The Gift. The first single off the album is "Spirit," which also features the ever adorable Blue Ivy.
The 1994 animated film cost $45 million to make. In comparison, the budget for the 2019 live-action remake is $250 million, bringing in big names like Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and arguably the most important person here, James Earl Jones as Mufasa.
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