Summer blockbuster season is officially in full swing. Between the Avengers: Endgame rerelease, the Spider-Man sequel and Toy Story 4, 2019 is already shaping up to be quite a thrilling year for film. With the premiere of the live-action Lion King film in just a few weeks, things are as exciting as ever.
The film is a remake of the 1990s Disney classic and will star some of the most well-loved performers like Donald Glover (Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon), and Queen Bey herself as Nala. The soundtrack is set to release ahead of the film on July 11, and the track list has just been revealed.
For the most part, the soundtrack looks pretty identical to the one we already know and love. Original composers Elton John and Tim Rice even created a new song, “Never Too Late”, which John performs. But, the tracklist also has a few surprises. Pharrell produced three tracks, which implies that these classics will see a modern twist.
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Perhaps most intriguing is the mysterious “Track 14”. Given that there’s no other Beyoncé solo on the list, we’re desperately hoping that “Track 14” might be Bey’s shining moment. After all, it would be pretty typical of the star to drop a surprise on us at the last minute. For what it’s worth, director Jon Favreau seemed to confirm earlier this week that there will be a brand new track from the iconic singer.
“We have all the original songs, but there’s a song that she performed and wrote in the spirit of the production along with working with Lebo M., who’s part of it with Hans Zimmer,” Favreau told Fandango.
We should also consider the possibility that the film’s creators don’t even know what Beyonce has in store. It would be little shock if on release day Bey woke up, called Elton John and delivered the news: “It’s ready.”