Donald Glover Was Intimidated By Beyoncé On ‘The Lion King’ Set, Obviously

Donald Glover Was Intimidated By Beyoncé On 'The Lion King' Set, Obviously


Donald Glover is taking over the world, and even he gets nervous around celebrities. Well, not just “celebrities.” We are talking about Beyoncé, after all. Beyoncé and Glover are voicing the lead roles of Nala and Simba in Disney’s live-action The Lion King film. Since the stars play characters who are lovers and friends, Glover is already a little intimated by Queen Bey.

“We started recording some stuff and it’s, you know, it’s a little intimidating,” Glover told Entertainment Tonight. “[At least] from my point of view. Just hearing her do it, it’s been like, ‘Man, this is a really special thing.'”

Glover also shared he’s such a big fan of the original movie, and when Disney gave him lyrics for the musical numbers, he was already prepared.

“Everybody who’s involved is a fan, and everybody who’s involved knows it really well,” Glover said. “They’re like, ‘So here are the lyrics,’ and I’m like, ‘I know the lyrics! Don’t worry.’ I was in fourth grade when this came out.”

Sadly, we’ll have to wait until July 19, 2019 for The Lion King remake, but in the meantime, here’s everything we know about the flick:

Besides Glover and Bey, the rest of the cast is *kisses fingers like an Italian chef* incredible. Chiwetel Ejiofor is voicing Scar, Seth Rogen is Pumbaa, Billy Eichner is Timon, James Earl Jones is Mufasa, and John Oliver is Zazu… to name a few.

The film will incorporate CGI and live-action scenes (similar to the 2016 reimagining of The Jungle Book) and will be directed by Jon Favreau.

Donald Glover Says He Was Intimidated By Beyoncé During 'Lion King' Recording, and Who Wouldn't Be?


Another tasty little tidbit: Apparently, not everyone in the cast gets to meet Beyoncé when they show up to the recording booth. Eichner talked to ET last month and lamented that he still hadn’t crossed paths with the queen, despite voicing characters in the same film.

“I have not met Beyoncé yet. I don’t know if I’ll ever meet her!” Eichner shared. “It’s a long process because we started last August and it doesn’t come out until July 2019, but I’ve been doing some singing. We recorded a bunch of the songs. It’s been me, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover singing ‘Hakuna Matata.’ Life is very surreal and fun.”

While the cinematic pairing of Glover and Beyoncé feels surreal to us, we’re also very onboard with Eichner and Rogen’s take on Simon and Pumbaa.

“We’re playing off each other,” Eichner said of his scenes with Rogen. “A lot of improv, a lot of some old stuff that people love from the first movie, new stuff. I mean, we’re making Timon and Pumbaa our own, which I know the world has been dying for. But we’re having a blast, and there’s a lot of pressure, and we want to get it right.”

Beyoncé is also reportedly recording a new song for the soundtrack, or rather, Elton John (who did the music for the 1994 film) says he’s “speaking to Beyoncé’s people,” per The Sun. John also confirmed the new film will only feature four original songs, which are: “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?,” “Hakuna Matata,” “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,” and “Circle of Life.”

Maybe if we’re lucky we’ll get a new track from Glover, too. The man who gifted us “This Is America” should absolutely breathe new musical life into The Lion King.

Le sigh. Is it 2019 yet?

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It's that time of the year again — when new graduates collect their diplomas and cards full of cash, and wave goodbye to a stage of their lives. Although the graduation ceremony is a time-honored tradition for decades, this generation's group of grads have a new dress requirement: namely, elaborately personalized mortarboards.

Now, for the old-timers out there — sure, we know back in the day some grads created clever messages out of masking tape on top of their caps. However, these are a generation or two beyond, the more elaborate, the better; and the more clever the pop-culture reference, the best.

This year's crop of caps paid tribute to such musical stars as Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Cardi B:

But not just the ladies were represented. Former One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles and Chance the Rapper made appearances as well!

@chancetherapper aside from your awesome music, you have been an inspiration and role model to me with what you do to help the youth and your people. Here is the final product of my graduation cap for my graduation ceremony! Thank you

— Alan Ordaz (@vlvn7) May 20, 2018

And, hey, there were a few choice song lyrics that allegedly made it out onto the graduation field, too — including at least one that made the whole family happy.

My parents don't know I quoted Drake on my graduation cap bc it said “God's plan” so they just think I'm a good Christian lolll

— NOS (@souled__) May 16, 2018

Meanwhile, some other students decided to pay homage to the various TV series that helped them unwind during stressful finals weeks (or, perhaps, kept them from studying as much as they should!):

Still others decided to dedicate their caps to actors who have made a difference in their lives (and, in the case of Mindy Kaling at least, some actors took notice back).

Yes, we've certainly come a long way from putting our boyfriends'/girlfriends' initials on the board with a few strips of tape.

Here's to all the graduates out there: Congratulations to the class of 2018!

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