Amongst all the hype over the trailer for Disney’s The Lion King remake and the argument over whether it actually counts as “live-action” (spoiler: it doesn’t) we forgot to ask the most important question:
Are we getting a duet of ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ performed by Beyoncé and Donald Glover?
Because there are still beautiful things in the world, we can confirm that the answer is yes.
Billy Eichner, who voices Timon in the remake and is also Craig from Parks & Rec and the Beyoncé of angry gay shrieking, confirmed it on Watch What Happens Live last week.
As in the original, the classic song starts off with Timon singing, and then the two superstars, who are voicing adult Nala and Simba respectively, take over.
There was some doubt here, because in the original 2D animated film, the song is sung by Elton John while Simba and Nala go on a jungle date and make sexy eyes at each other.
Would it have been extremely dumb to NOT have Beyoncé and Childish Gambino perform the song? Absolutely.
Am I a bit paranoid about movie studios making unbelievably stupid decisions when it comes to remakes of classic films? 100%.
The next question, of course, is whether there’s a 45-minute interlude in the middle where, while Simba’s off neglecting the pride to hang with his bug-eating bros, Nala goes full Lemonade and walks around Pride Rock smashing s**t up and reciting feminist poetry.
2019 Nala isn’t going to sit around being mad and sitting still. You don’t cast Beyoncé to not sing, and you don’t cast her as someone who wouldn’t smash s**t.