Beyoncé has been confirmed to play the role of Nala in the live-action remake of Disney's The Lion King.

After much speculation, the singer's casting was confirmed on her Facebook page.

The music icon joins Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and James Earl Jones, who is reprising his role as Mufasa.

The voice cast also includes Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, Eric Andre as Azizi, Florence Kasuma as Shenzi and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari. JD McCrary will play the Young Simba and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play the Young Nala.

The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is going back to the animal kingdom

Beyoncé's other film credits include Cadillac Records and Dreamgirls

The Lion King, which is directed by The Jungle Book's Jon Favreau, is due in cinemas in Summer 2019 - the 25th anniversary of the release of the original movie.