Love it or hate it, the “live-action” remake of Disney’s The Lion King has been an event.

With a record-breaking projected $531 million opening weekend and a cast so star-studded even the royal family stopped by to shake hands, Jon Favreau’s blockbuster tribute to the 1994 original film has garnered a lot of press. And a huge chunk of it has centered firmly around the almighty holy queen-goddess that is Beyoncé Knowles-Carter —  aka the voice of Nala, and star of the film’s chart-climbing soundtrack. 

In honor of The Lion King‘s roaring first weekend, we’ve meticulously gone back through the dozens of pre-release interviews to record cast members’ varying descriptions of meeting and working with Queen B, and rank them based on their sheer joy.  Read more…

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