Beyonce and Donald Glover look fierce in The Lion King cast photo

Beyonce and Donald Glover take the lead in the first cast photo released for The Lion King and it’s as epic as they come.

The cast of Disney’s anticipated live-action reboot have gathered to pose for their first official photo together, ahead of the movie’s release next week.

Joining Beyonce, who voices Nala, and Donald, who plays the lead as Simba, are their co-stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Keegan-Michael Key (Kamari), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi) and Billy Eichner (Timon).

Also pictured in the group shot are Shahadi Wright Joseph (Young Nala), JD McCrary (Young Simba), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi), John Oliver (Zazu) and Eric Andre (Azizi).

Needless to say, fans think Beyonce, 37, has stolen the show with her seriously fierce pose which sees her resting one hand on her hip. The Formation singer looks absolutely stunning in a strapless black bodycon dress and her hair worn in a high ponytail creating the ultimate standout look.

It comes days after Disney fans reacted in their droves to a new teaser trailer featuring Beyonce’s voice as Nala – and the general consensus was that she sounded too much like Beyonce.

The singer is heard saying: ‘This isn’t the home I remember. You have to take your place as king,’ in her distinctive voice.

She then calls her pride to action: ‘Are you with me lions?’

Not entirely sold on Beyonce as Nala, one fan said: ‘It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice overs And I know Nala is Beyoncé but it sounds very Beyoncé. It’s so distracting.’

Another fan agreed: ‘Her voice is too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character. I love Beyonce, I REALLY do. But that thick a*s country voice of hers better not ruin the memory of my childhood.’

Beyonce and Donald have recorded a new version of Elton John’s Can You Feel The Love Tonight? which featured in the original 1994 animation, while the soundtrack will also include a mysterious new song believed to be a brand new track from Queen Bey.

The Lion King hits UK cinemas on 19 July.

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