A new Lion King trailer just popped up online and, this time, we finally got a look at Beyoncé as Simba’s beau, Nala!
Much to everyone’s surprise, however, not all were impressed by what they’ve just heard.
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While Beyoncé’s involvement in the cast of the animated remake was one of the reasons, if not the main reason, why people could hardly contain their excitement for the movie, many confessed to having conflicted feelings over the singer’s voice acting.
Simply put, they found Nala’s voice to be “too Beyoncé.”
It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice overs And I know Nala is Beyoncé but it sounds very Beyoncé. It’s so distracting 🤣 pic.twitter.com/78ffne34Ap
— teniade (@ramicoco) July 6, 2019
Her voice is too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character. I love Beyonce, I REALLY do. But that thick ass country voice of hers better not ruin the memory of my childhood 😩
— DEZRA (@Desara_Nelson) July 7, 2019
She sounds like she’s reading off a paper
— WHERE’S R9 (@Mulalahh) July 8, 2019
Bruh I’m glad someone said it, I can’t even watch the trailer fully I’m cringing something is offf
— Hood Elegance (@Gr33n_Dragwan) July 7, 2019
Beyonce’s voice just sounds very unnatural playing Nala. It just doesn’t seem to fit 🙃
— i’m always drinking 🥃 . (@_kerryxnn) July 7, 2019
At the end I thought she was calling us to formation
— Fadzie Linel Mutemi (@MissLinel) July 6, 2019
Others came to the singer’s defense and were rather pleased with her voice-over.
Beyonce’ sounds amazing as Nala
— ︽✵︽Marvel Nerd︽✵︽ (@lRaheemDaDreaml) July 7, 2019
The original Nala almost sounds sad or unenthusiastic that Simba is still alive. Nala should sound happy and enthusiastic. Beyoncé’s intepretation is actually more appropriate.
— Tanya Wilson (@BeSpecialAlways) July 8, 2019
Ima keep it 100 and say Beyoncé voice acting as Nala sounding a lil off….but we still gone stan
— Sebastian (@whyte_wonder) July 8, 2019
Whatever your thoughts may be on Beyoncé’s Nala, it still won’t take away everyone’s excitement for the upcoming film that’s premiering soon. We’ll just have to withhold our judgment until then, or at least hope that Queen Bey wows us with her much-awaited song number!
Lion King hits theaters on July 17.
What are your thoughts on how Beyoncé sounded as Nala in the new trailer? Share them with us in the comments!