It was just another Tuesday when Beyoncé shook up the internet — as she’s been known to do — with a simple, stunning post. No caption. No detailed background. Just a shot of her standing face-to-face with Nala, the lion cub character she voices in the upcoming live-action version of The Lion King.
While Beyoncé’s new promo photo was one of several the studio released ahead of the movie, it was the one that attracted the most attention.
The star’s followers immediately knew what to do, and they didn’t disappoint. Not only had more than 2.7 million people “liked” her post within an hour, but they just as quickly began sharing their own jokes and memes.
Nala and Miss Tina are the only beings alive who are allowed to look Beyoncé in the face. pic.twitter.com/re2xluSJyg— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) July 2, 2019
This looks like they’re about to drop a power ballad about the same lion cheating on them pic.twitter.com/ytUzRIgcqA— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) July 2, 2019
you know that poster where a kitten looks in the mirror and sees a lion? when a lion looks in the mirror they see beyoncé pic.twitter.com/CGyg86hDUY— stuck-up (@iamfuturetense) July 2, 2019
Beyoncé: “Simba”— Tamara. (@bey_lacra) July 2, 2019
Beyoncé: "are you with me Lions?"
There was also plenty of straight-up enthusiasm for the beloved artist and the much-anticipated flick.
Beyoncé herself has said that she’s excited for her own family, including 7-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and twins Rumi and Sir, 2, to experience the story that she enjoyed watching as she was growing up.
I can literally hear Beyoncé singing circle of life!!!! I’m already shook— pusseecat (@pusseecat) July 2, 2019
i am on this earth for one thing and one thing only...to hear beyoncé on the new lion king soundtrack :)— kenz eva (@kenzeva) July 2, 2019
I fully think imma start bawling when I hear Beyoncé speak in lion king 😭 fully the highlight of my life— tyrone (@tyroneedover) July 2, 2019
Fans don’t have much longer to wait. The digital version of the soundtrack, filled with new and favorite songs from the 1994 animated version of the movie sung by Beyoncé and other cast members, is available July 11.
The track listing shows that, for her part, Beyoncé will sing at least a rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” with actor Donald Glover’s character, Simba.
The movie, which also features the voices of Keegan-Michael Key, Amy Sedaris, Seth Rogen and others, arrives in theaters on July 18.
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