- Chance the Rapper was brought on as a consultant on Disney’s remake of “The Lion King.”
- He told Variety at the remake’s world premiere Tuesday night that star Donald Glover, who voices Simba, told director Jon Favreau the rapper is a big fan of the movie.
- Chance the Rapper said he was brought on to tell Favreau if anything in the new movie seemed too off from the original Oscar-winning animated movie.
- “The Lion King” is in theatres Friday, July 19.
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Talk about a dream gig.
“Donald Glover called me,” Chance the Rapper told Variety at the world premiere of “The Lion King” Tuesday night about receiving a call for the film.
The remake of the 1994 movie stars Glover as an adult Simba who goes on a journey to become king of the Pride Lands. Chance the Rapper said Glover knew the rapper and singer was an expert on the Disney film and that he helped him become a part of the movie.
“Donald and [director] Jon Favreau, the director, are really close,” said Chance the Rapper. “He told Jon early on that I was like the ‘Lion King’ aficionado, which I am. Jon would have me come through and do ‘nostalgic consulting.'”
What does that consist of?
Chance the Rapper said that meant he would tell Favreau if “the movie was too off.”
In case you’re worried about the remake, Chance the Rapper said it never was.
Afterwards, the singer also said Glover asked him if he wanted to record some dialogue for a new character. As a huge “Lion King” fan, he naturally said yes. He voices a bush baby in the film.
As for the movie itself? Chance the Rapper gives the film his stamp of approval.
“The movie is awesome, everything I’ve seen from it,” said Chance the Rapper.
A representative for Disney didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
You can watch the singer speak with Variety below.
— Variety (@Variety) July 10, 2019
INSIDER’s review of “The Lion King” remake starring Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more will be online Thursday at noon.
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