A cover of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” isn’t the only new Beyoncé music we’ll get from the live action Lion King. Today, Disney released the full soundtrack track list with one song left untitled as “TBA.” In a new interview with Fandango, Lion King director Jon Favreau revealed that space is being held for a new song written and performed by Beyoncé.
In the interview, Favreau said Beyoncé created the song “in the spirit of the production” with composers Lebo M and Hans Zimmer. “They were all collaborating with her and helping to bring this new piece of music into a film where there’s already a very established musical personality to the piece,” he said. “So it was nice of them to have them working with her to allow the new song to feel organically a part of the new production.”
Favreau added that Nala has a much larger role in the remake than in the original. “In the original film, her role is not as large as in the stage production, and we definitely drew inspiration, and that was one of the areas where we were going to expand this,” he continued elsewhere in the interview. “There’s an opportunity to build upon especially the female characters of Sarabi played by Alfre Woodard and Nala played by Beyoncé that the stage play explores further. It has a lot more time to do so than the original film.”
The new Lion King soundtrack clocks in at 19 songs, featuring “Can You Feel the Love” with Beyonce and Donald Glover, “Hakuna Matata” performed by Seth Rogan, Glover, JD McCrary (Young Simba), and Billy Eichner (Timon), a new song titled “Never Too Late” sung by Elton John, and more.