Singer Beyonce poses with her Grammy trophies in the press room during the 59th Annual Grammy music Awards on Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles, Cali.
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Updated: November 1, 2017 7:52 PM ET | Originally published: November 1, 2017 7:24 PM EDT

Beyoncé will voice Nala in the upcoming live-action remake of the Lion King, Walt Disney Studios announced on Wednesday.

The singer was long ago reported to be the top choice for the role.

Director Jon Favreau previously announced that Atlanta‘s Donald Glover will star as Simba. James Earl Jones — who voiced Simba’s father, Mufasa, in the original 1994 Lion King — will reprise his role.

The all-star cast also includes Keegan-Michael Key, John Oliver, Seth Rogen and Chiwetel Ejiofor, among others.

The movie, which is slated to be released in 2019, is among several live-action adaptions that Disney has in the works, following the success of remakes including Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book.

Write to Katie Reilly at Katie.Reilly@time.com.

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