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in­gonyama bagithi baba.” They’re four words you prob­a­bly don’t recog­nise, but trust me you know them. Any­one who’s seen The Lion King on any stage or screen around the world would.

Be­lieve it or not, those four words are the ac­tual spell­ing of the open­ing lyrics. You know, the part where Mu­fusa holds up a baby Simba to the ador­ing crowd.

It’s cine­matic gold, and any par­ent who tells you they didn’t recre­ate the mo­ment with their own child dur­ing the tod­dler years is ly­ing through their teeth. A co- worker of mine re­cently ad­mit­ted to me she did it with her cat. I rate that.

Long story short The Lion King is a clas­sic and if you don’t recog­nise the open­ing scene you’ve prob­a­bly been liv­ing un­der a Pride Rock ( a sub­tle Lion King gag there).

The good news for fans is TLK has scored a live ac­tion re­make.

At the helm of the project is su­per di­rec­tor Jon Favreau. Don­ald Glover, James Earl Jones and Seth Ro­gen have also signed on for key roles. But what’s su­per ex­cit­ing for mu­sic lovers is the news Bey­oncé is in line to play Nala.

Ev­ery story needs a heroine and who bet­ter than Queen B to tackle the task? Ru­mour is a cool $ 25 mil­lion pay packet will also see her head­line the film’s sound­track. It’ll be a banger!

The live ac­tion re­make of The Lion King is likely to hit cin­e­mas in late 2019. In the mean­time you’ll have to make do with lift­ing your neigh­bour’s cat above your head while singing ‘ Nants in­gonyama bagithi baba.’

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