We’ve been getting more and more live action adaptations of classic Disney cartoons, we can hardly keep them straight! Here is your guide to the actors breathing new life (literally!) to the iconic roles
BEYONCÉ, THE LION KING
In a piece of very exciting news in March 2017, Variety reported that Queen Bey was director Jon Favreau’s top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming movie — even willing to work the production schedule around the impending birth of her twins. We imagine a new song, or two, or 10 would be in order if the singer were to sign on.
DONALD GLOVER, THE LION KING
He’s going to be a mighty king! Glover will star in the upcoming Jon Favreau-directed film, which will use performance-capture technology and computer-generated imagery, according to EW.com — and will also include many of the hit songs from the beloved 1994 animated hit. Hakuna matata, indeed.
JAMES EARL JONES, THE LION KING
This one doesn’t require much imagination: Jones will again lend his voice to the original king of the jungle, a role he defined in the 1994 animated classic.
EMMA WATSON, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
With beauty and brains, it didn’t take a bookworm to know to cast Watson in the lead role of the latest Disney blockbuster.
DAN STEVENS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
The Downton Abbey went back to familiar territory – a big, European-set, castle-like house – in Beauty and the Beast.
JOSH GAD, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
“[Director] Bill Condon did an amazing job of giving us an opportunity to create a version of LeFou that isn’t like the original, that expands on what the original did, but that makes him more human and makes him a wonderfully complex character to some extent,” Gad told the Associated Press of his on-screen alter ego, who has Disney’s first “gay moment” in film.
LUKE EVANS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
My what a guy, that Evans! He’s an intimidating figure off-screen, and on-screen, gives Gaston his muscles and determination. “[He] uses his charm offensive to whip other people into a frenzy to go and attack somebody they’ve never met. Somebody that’s different. Somebody that only represents a danger because [Gaston] says that he represents a danger,” Gad shared of his counterpart.
LILY JAMES, CINDERELLA
James didn’t need a fairy godmother to perfect the Cinderella look for last year’s adaptation.
RICHARD MADDEN, CINDERELLA
He may have lost the Game of Thrones, but Madden certainly made the perfect Prince Charming in Cinderella.