Emma Watson, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie have also brought animated characters to life
Move over Disney princesses, there’s a new queen in town.
Disney’s new deal to deliver a live-action rendition of The Lion King has Queen Bey fans crazy in love with the idea of her playing Simba’s love interest Nala. Though the triple threat has appeared in films like Dreamgirls, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Cadillac Records and The Pink Panther, this role marks her first Disney movie.
Since its original animated release in 1994, The Lion King has generated more than $968.5 million, making it one of the highest grossing animated films of all time. In the last 23 years, the franchise has been a mainstay on Broadway, it’s aired on the Disney Channel as a follow-up series called The Lion Guard and now that Beyoncé is officially attached to the Jon Favreau-directed script, the summer 2019 film is likely to be a megahit. However, in an effort to manage expectations, Fortune reports that Beyonce won’t physically appear in the film — but her voice will be heard.
Following in the footsteps of other recent remakes like Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland, the star-studded cast of The Lion King, which includes James Earl Jones, Chiwetal Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard and Seth Rogan will likely take home substantial stipends for singing Hakuna Matata.
These celebs made memorable Disney appearances and brought big bucks to the table:
Emma Watson, Beauty and the Beast
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Watson earned $3 million up front for her role as Belle, with the possibility of earning up to $15 million depending on how the film performed. The movie, which was released in March 2017, had a $160 million production budget and has grossed over a billion dollars worldwide.
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
The 2010 Tim Burton remake made $1.025 billion thanks, in part, to its cast that included Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Michael Sheen. Depp earned a reported $50 million in his role as the Mad Hatter.
Angelina Jolie, Maleficent
Based on the 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent hit theaters in 2014 and made more than $758 million. Forbes reported that Jolie took home $15 million for her role as the film’s protagonist.
Lily James, Cinderella
This fairy tale came to life in 2015 with actress Lily James portraying the scullery maid-turned-princess. Though critics were disappointed that the flick didn’t incorporate songs from the original, it still managed to rake in more than $540 million. According to Celebrity Glad, James banked $250 thousand for her starring role.
Lupita Nyong’o, The Jungle Book
Directed by Jon Favreau in 2016, this film — starring the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson — earned $966.6 million in the box office and likely doled out impressive paychecks for the A-list cast including Nyong’o who voiced the role of mother wolf Raksha.
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