‘The Lion King’ is set to charge into cinemas worldwide on July 19th.
Before then, though, the mass appetite for music from the movie will be catered to with the release of the film’s official soundtrack.
Given the key roles of Beyonce and Donald Glover (they play Nala and Simba respectively), colossal interest has surrounded the song component of Disney’s live-action remake of the 1994 classic.
For much of the lead up to flick’s release, those details have been kept under wraps.
But that all changed today when the official release date and tracklist were uncaged for ‘The Lion King’ original soundtrac.
It has been confirmed that the digital version of the soundtrack will arrive on July 11th, while the physical CD will follow a week later on July 19th (the day the movie hits theaters).
As previously reported, Lion King staples Lebo M, Tim Rice, and Hans Zimmer will have a heavy hand in the music for the updated take on the film. So too will Elton John, who contribute an all-new track titled ‘Never Too Late.’
But what of Queen Bey?
You’ll notice below that Track 14 reads “TBA.”
Well, word is that it is indeed Beyonce’s solo original song.
In an interview with Fandango, director Jon Favreau not only confirmed that – much like the stage play of ‘The Lion King’ – Nala will have an increased role in this movie.
He specifically said of the new material the diva moulded:
“It doesn’t replace anything. We have all the original songs, but there’s a song that she performed and wrote in the spirit of the production along with working with Lebo M., who’s part of it with Hans Zimmer. They were all collaborating with her and helping to bring this new piece of music into a film where there’s already a very established musical personality to the piece. So it was nice of them to have them working with her to allow the new song to feel organically a part of the new production.”
‘The Lion King’ Soundtrack Tracklist