Now, according to a report from New York Daily News, the soundtrack could be even better than we imagined. Elton John has agreed to a deal to rework hits from the original soundtrack, working alongside Beyoncé to breathe new life into the classics.
"The songs will be thread into the storyline," a source in LA told NY Daily News. "It is unthinkable when you have Beyoncé involved not to have her sing some of those iconic hits — and that means huge sales to a new generation. The deal is a huge one and will earn him millions at many stages. Obviously [Elton John] will get a one off licensing deal followed by a cut in royalties from all aspects of the work."
Directed by Jon Favreau, the star-studded cast will also include some of Hollywood's biggest names: Donald Glover (Simba), John Oliver (Zazu), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Eric André (Azizi), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), and more. Let's hope Donald Glover shows up on the soundtrack as much as he can, as well. See more of the cast below, while you wait for the film's summer 2019 release.