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Beyoncé to star as Nala in live-action version of ‘The Lion King’ (VIDEO)

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Congratulations goes out to Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The Grammy-winning megastar has been added to the live-action version of Disney’s “The Lion King.” The announcement was made Wednesday night with Bey’s image posted amongst all of the other film stars.

As previously reported, Beyoncé has been in serious talks with Disney about the role since this past spring and it’s now official. She joins a star-studded cast including Donald Glover as Simba along with James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi.

“Lion King” tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba’s uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile. Upon maturation living with two wastrels, Simba is given some valuable perspective from his childhood friend, Nala, and his shaman, Rafiki, before returning to challenge Scar to end his tyranny and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King.

Check out a video below of Tony Award-winning actress Heather Headley performing “Shadowland.” She appeared as Nala in the original Broadway musical and its one of her signature songs. While this tune was not in the original movie, I’m sure the film’s producers will make an exception and allow Beyoncé to perform it or create a new song for her. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

“The Lion King” will debut in the summer of 2019.

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Versatile actor Courtney B. Vance will star in Universal Pictures “The Mummy.” He reportedly joins Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson in a reboot of the 90’s classic. The film will also be the first in the studio’s new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic monsters. Vance most recently starred in FX’s “The People vs O.J.Simpson” as the late, great Johnnie Cochran.  [DEADLINE]

Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may be teaming up again for a reboot of “Jumanji.” Reportedly, the two actors are in serious talks to star in a modern version of the film based on Chris Van Allsburg‘s book. The 1995 hit film of the same name starred the late Robin Williams along with Kirsten Dunst and David Alan Grier and centered around a 12-year-old boy who becomes trapped in a board game in 1969 and is released 26 years later. Hart and Johnson recently hosted the MTV Movie Awards and are starring in “Central Intelligence” due in theaters this June. [VARIETY]

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CASTING NEWS: Tracy Morgan, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe

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Comedian Tracy Morgan is gearing up to star in a new television pilot for FX.  The untitled show is written by Jordan Peele of “Key & Peele” fame and is being described as “a series about a career criminal who is released from prison after 15 years to find himself in a very different world.” This is Morgan’s the first project since his horrific 2014 car accident which left him in critical condition. Let’s hope this pilot is the sign of more good things to come for Morgan. [NEW YORK TIMES]

“Concussion” actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star as one of the leads in a new series for Netflix titled “Black Mirror.” The show is based on the British TV series and is described as “a hybrid of ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world, with the stories having a ‘techno-paranoia’ feel.” The series was created and written by Charlie Brooker and will also feature MacKenzie Davis. [SHADOW AND ACT]

Boris Kodjoe has a new gig! The former “Soul Food” star will have a recurring role on CBS’s “Code Black” as Dr. Will Campbell. The character is being described as “arrogant and extremely competitive.” He will keep Raza Jaffrey‘s character Dr. Neal Hudson on edge as the two compete over who’s the better ER surgeon. Kodjoe is currently seen on “BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood.” [DEADLINE]

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“True Blood” star Rutina Wesley has been cast in OWN’s upcoming drama “Queen Sugar.” She will portray Nova Bordelon, a New Orleans journalist and activist whose life is changed when her sister Charley returns home from L.A. to help her run the family’s sugar cane farm. The series is based on the book of the same name by Natalie Baszile and will be written and directed by Selma’s Ava DuVernay.  [SHADOW & ACT]

Versatile actors Jamie Hector and Kat Graham are joining the cast of the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez On Me.” Hector will portray Mutulu Shakur, the stepfather of the slain rapper while Graham will portray actress and close friend Jada Pinkett-Smith. The film chronicles Shakur’s rise to superstardom and features Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac, Danai Gurira as his activist mother Afeni Shakur, Jamal Woolard as rapper Biggie Smalls, and Dominic L. Satana as Suge Knight. “All Eyez On Me” is directed by Benny Boom and is currently being shot in Atlanta, GA. [DEADLINE]

Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx will star as Little John in “Robin Hood:Origins.” The role is being described as “a war-weary veteran of The Crusades who starts out as distrusting of Robin Hood before warming up to him in what is being called a gritty take on the legendary story.” Foxx joins Taron Egerton as Robin Hood and Eve Hewson as Maid Marian. “Robin Hood: Origins” is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way Productions. [BLACK ENTERPRISE]
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Grammy winning-vocalist and fashion icon, Rihanna will star in the upcoming sci-fi drama, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The film’s director, Luc Besson announced the news Wednesday via social media with a photo of the singer and the caption: “RIHANNA is in VALERIAN!!!!! ….and she has a big part!! I’m Sooo excited!!!” Rih Rih joins Clive Owen, Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan in the film adaptation of Valerian and Laureline. Shooting begins in January with a 2017 release. [SHADOW AND ACT]

Oscar winning-hip-hop star, Common has secured a role in the upcoming feature, John Wick 2. The project is a sequel the 2014 film, John Wick and features the Chi-Town rapper as the nemesis of the film’s main character played by Keanu Reeves. In other related news, Common has also signed a two-year deal with HBO. According to reports, he is responsible for developing and producing new projects for the cable network through his Freedom Road Productions. He will also be producing a new untitled “Chicago-set drama” for Showtime. Way to go Common! [DEADLINE)

Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique and acclaimed actress Kimberly Elise have been added to David E. Talbert’s A Meyers Thanksgiving. As previously reported, the film focuses on what happens to an estranged family when they come together for the first time after the death of the family matriarch. It also stars Jessie T. Usher, Gabrielle Union, Alkoya Brunson and Danny Glover. CONGRATS ladies! [THR]

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Jessie T. Usher & Gabrielle Union to star in ‘A Meyers Thanksgiving’

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In April of this year, we reported that noted playwright and budding filmmaker, David E. Talbert was teaming up with Will Packer for a new family drama titled, A Meyers Thanksgiving.

Well now it looks like this project is finally coming together. S&A is reporting that Survivor’s Remorse star Jessie T. Usher along with Being Mary Jane’s Gabrielle Union have been cast in the film along with child actor Alkoya Brunson and veteran film star Danny Glover.

A Meyers Thanksgiving focuses on what happens to an estranged family when they come together for the first time after the death of the family matriarch.

It is set to open in theaters November 11, 2016.

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Nicole Ari Parker may be enjoying her new role as a talk show host with husband Boris Kodjoe but that hasn’t slowed down her acting career! The mother of two has just booked a recurring role on the upcoming Fox drama, Rosewood, starring Morris Chestnut.  Parker will play his girlfriend, Kat Crawford, a highly sought-after psychologist specializing in PTSD. As previously reported, Rosewood follows Dr. Beaumont, Rosewood (Chestnut), a gifted Miami pathologist, who finds secrets in people’s bodies using his, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. [DEADLINE]

Tyler Perry is stepping from behind the camera to star as a New York Post editor in Brain on Fire. The film is an adaptation of the best selling memoir by jounalist, Susannah Cahalan titled, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. The book focuses on  a mysterious illness that caused Cahalan to hallucinate, hear voices and experience moments of rage. The film also stars Chole Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Jenny Slate, Richard Armitage, and Carrie-Anne Moss. [EOnline.com]

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Grammy winning-singer, Kelly Rowland will guest star on season 2 of the FOX hit series, Empire. Miss Kelly will play the mother of Lucious Lyons (Terrence Howard) in some flash back scenes. Reportedly, Lee  Daniels wants to show the origins of Lucious and “his ride or die” chick, Cookie Lyons (Taraji P. Henson) before they built Empire Records. Rowland will be in good company this season as she will also be joining previously announced entertainers—Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Marisa Tomei and Alicia Keys. [ENEWS!]

Scandal actor, Cornelius Smith, Jr. has a lot to be happy about these days. The former soap opera star has been upgraded from a recurring character to a series regular on the hugely popular ABC drama. Smith played Washington D.C. community activist, Marcus Walker during season 4 episodes, “I’m Just a Bill” and “The Lawn Chair” which tackled the problematic issue of white police brutality toward young African-American men. Season 5 of Scandal  begins Thursday, September 24 at 9 p.m. [TVLINE.COM]

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Versatile actress and reality-star La La Anthony will be joining the cast of A&E’s crime drama, “Unforgettable.” Anthony will play the role of Delina Michaels, who is described as an up-and-coming medical examiner successful in everything but love. “Unforgettable” is now in its fourth season. [DEADLINE]

HBO’s “Confirmation” has added a two more familiar faces to its all-star lineup! Jeffrey Wright and Jennifer Hudson have both been cast in the TV movie about the controversial Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Hudson will play Angela Wright, the woman who worked with Thomas at the EEOC and who issued a key statement about Thomas’ comments about women. Wright will portray Charles Ogletree, the legal counsel to Hill during the hearings. The two award winning-actors join previously announced stars Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce. [THR]

KeKe Palmer is officially a Pink Lady! The 21-year-old actress and Broadway starlet has signed on to play the role of Marty Maraschino in Fox’s upcoming “Grease: Live!” special. The role, which was made famous by Dinah Manoff, is described as a man hungry high school senior that has the hots for older men and members of the military. Palmer most recently starred in another adaptation of a Broadway classic, “Cinderella.” She joins actresses Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens. [YAHOO NEWS]

“Being Mary Jane” star Gabrielle Union has been cast in the upcoming thriller, “Sleepless Nights.” The film is a remake of the 2011 French film “Nuit Blanche” which follows Vincent Downs, a corrupt cop played by Jamie Foxx, who races to save his son’s life, when gangsters kidnap him for a shipment of cocaine Downs stole from them, all while Internal Affairs is investigating him. Union’s role in the film has not been confirmed. [INDIE WIRE]

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Casting News: David Oyelowo, Tyler Perry and Common

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Oscar winning-actor Common has been added to Rob Reiner’s upcoming film titled “Being Charlie.” The rapper inked a lead role alongside Nick Robinson and Morgan Saylor. Rounding out the cast is Devon Bostick, Susan Misner, Ricardo Chavira & Cary Elwes. Charlie is an 18-year-old who breaks out of a youth drug treatment clinic, but when he returns home to Los Angeles, he’s given an intervention by his parents and forced to go to an adult rehab. There, he meets a beautiful but troubled girl, Eva, and is forced to battle with drugs, elusive love and divided parents. No word yet what role Common will play. “Being Charlie” will debut in 2016. [THR]

Tyler Perry is stepping from behind the camera to star in the next “Teeanage Mutant Ninja Turtle” sequel. Reportedly, Perry will play the role of scientist Baxter Stockman. In previous iterations of the franchise, Stockman was responsible for the creation of the Mousers, machines meant to seek out and destroy sewer rats. The villainous Shredder learns of this invention and hires Stockman as his own scientist with the intent of using the Mousers to destroy Splinter, mentor to the Turtles. Megan Fox and Will Arnett will also reprise their roles. The film is being produced by Michael Bay. [VARIETY]

David Oyelewo is teaming up with HBO for a one-man drama titled, “Nightingale.” In the film, Oyelowo plays a character named Peter Snowden, described as a man obsessing over an old army friend, whom he loves, as his life begins to spiral downward, with their reunion approaching. The film follows Peter as he records his private thoughts and feelings – his nightingale song – in the days leading up to his reunion with Edward. Before long the hostile world outside Peter’s door begins to threaten the idyllic future that he’s so desperately trying to build. Look for “Nightingale” to air on May 29, 2015 on HBO.[INDIEWIRE]

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Casting News: Anika Noni Rose, Jessie T. Usher, Mike Epps and Nia Long

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Tony-winning Broadway actress Anika Noni Rose will lead Ava DuVernay’s CBS drama pilot, “For Justice.” A few days ago, we reported that veteran actress Phylicia Rashad was starring as the lead but that was incorrect.  She will be starring in a supporting role.  Rose, will play Natalia “Nat” Chappel, an FBI agent who is being described as “cool, laser-focused and tough as nails.” Chappel works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division and finds herself caught between the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen.  “For Justice” is based on an adaptation of James Patterson’s The Thomas Berryman Number. [DEADLINE]

“Survivor’s Remorse” star Jessie T. Usher is replacing Will Smith in the long-awaited sequel to “Independence Day.”  In 2013,  we reported that “Fruitvale Station” actor, Michael B. Jordan, was being considered for the part but that is no longer the case.  As previously reported, the sequel would focus on a “bit like the son’s take over,” which works well with the studio’s plan for additional installments of the film, that is now being called “ID Forever Part I.” Look for it to be released in the summer of 2016. No word on whether Vivica A. Fox will reprise her role. [INDIE WIRE]

Comedian Mike Epps is teaming up with versatile actress Nia Long for a television remake of the John Candy classic, “Uncle Buck.” The pilot is for CBS and will star Epps as the lead, who is asked to take care of his nieces and nephews. Long will star as Buck’s sister-in-law. The project is being spearheaded by Universal TV and Will Packer Productions. [THE ROOT]

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Here are a few hot stories buzzing around Hollywood!!!

“Best Man Holiday” star and versatile actor Taye Diggs is teaming up with Topher Grace in a new musical film titled “One Shot.” Reportedly, Diggs will play a very flamboyant character named Malcolm who will help Grace’s character save a Broadway musical from total destruction on opening night. The film is being co-produced by Grace and will begin shooting in Mexico City next month. [INDIEWIRE]

Versatile actor, Djimon Hounsou is reportedly in talks to replace Idris Elba in Guy Ritchie’s “Knights of the Round Table.” As previously reported, Elba’s character Bedivere is the right hand man of Arthur’s father and the one who teaches him how to lead an army. Due to scheduling conflicts, Elba had to pull out of the project and Hounsou is now a contender. So far, Charlie Hunnam has been cast as Arthur, Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere and Jude Law is in talks to play the villain. [THR]

The super sexy, Sanaa Lathan has signed up to star in the sequel to “Now You See Me” tilted, “Now You See Me 2.” Lathan will play  an FBI agent, Natalie Austin, who is tracking down an elite group of magicians known as the Four Horseman. The “Best Man Holiday” actress joins the film’s original cast Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. The film also stars Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou and Daniel Radcliffe. [THEYBF]

Morris Chestnut will join Regina Hall in the new thriller, “When the Bough Breaks.” Previously titled, “The Surrogate,” the movie tells the story about what happens to a couple when they hire a surrogate to have their baby and things go awry. Chestnut’s “Best Man Holiday” co-stars Taye Diggs and Michael Ealy were in the running but it looks like he nabbed the role. In other related news, Chestnut has inked a new three-year deal with Screen Gems to produce and act in three new projects. [DEADLINE]

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CASTING NEWS: Wood Harris, T.I. & Kid Cudi

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Veteran actor Wood Harris and VH1 reality-star and rapper, T.I. have joined the Super Hero franchise, Ant-Man.  The film, which is based on the 1962 Marvel comic character, features an all-star cast including Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll.

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

No word yet on what roles Harris and T.I. will play in the film. [Indie Wire]

cudi2In other related news, Scott Mescudi better known as Kid Cudi has joined the upcoming drama, Meadowland.  In the wake of her son’s disappearance, a mother goes down an unexpected and dangerous path towards acceptance and her healing process takes an unforeseen turn.

The film stars Olivia Wilde as the mother and Luke Wilson as the father, who is also a New York City police officer. No word yet on Cudi’s role in the film. Principal shooting begins this month in NYC.

Also, look for Cudi to appear as “Cedric” in the new romantic comedy, Two Night Stand  debuting this September. [Variety]

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CASTING NEWS: Samuel L. Jackson, Nelsan Ellis + Sherri Shepherd

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Screen veteran Samuel L. Jackson will replace Jamie Foxx in the upcoming action comedy, The Black Phantom. Reportedly Foxx is exiting the project due to a scheduling conflict and Jackson is currently in talks to play the lead role. The film also stars Kevin Hart and will mark the first time he and Jackson have ever worked together. The film follows the odd partnership formed between a doubled cross mob hitman (Hart) and a notorious hit man, The Black Phantom, (Jackson) who has been hired to kill him. The movie is being directed by Tim Story and produced by Will Packer. [Deadline]

Get On Up  star Nelsan Ellis has been cast in the upcoming biopic about jazz pioneer, Buddy Bolden. The film is titled, Bolden  and Ellis will play the role of Bolden’s manager, Bartley. The film’s score is composed by legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who also serves as one of the film’s executive producers. Bolden is considered by many to be the “father of jazz.” [Deadline]

Actress and talk show host, Sherri Shepherd is headed to Broadway. The comedic starlet will make her debut on the Great White Way alongside Keke Palmer in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  Shepherd will play the role of the wicked stepmother and announced the big news on The View  this week. The news couldn’t have come at a better time considering Shepherd is leaving her ABC gig after seven seasons. Reportedly, rehearsal for the show begins this month and with a start date of September 9th.  Break a leg Sherri! [Huffington Post]

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