Hollywood has no stronger urge than the urge to repeat a formula that works. Disney has found a formula in live-action remakes of classic Disney films. Beauty and the Beast got the treatment and made a whole lot of money. The studio has released live-action remakes of The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Maleficent, and Alice in Wonderland. Now, the machine has been switched up to "Lucy at the candy factory" speed. Disney is planning loads more, including Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin.
Also on the list is a live-action The Lion King, which has already had success in a sort of live-action form on Broadway.
On Wednesday, Disney announced the full cast. It's a crowd pleaser. The piece that has people atwitter is the confirmation of rumors that Beyoncé will join the cast as Nala. She joins Emmy-winner Donald Glover, who was previously confirmed to star as Simba.