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Oh we just can't wait to see Bey in The Lion King!

Earlier today , Disney Live Action announced the full all-star cast of Jon Favreau's new take on the 1994 classic animated film, The Lion King. While there have been rumors swirling about for months, Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and more stars have officially signed on for the live-action retelling of the beloved film.

Jay-Z's lady love posted a photo of the full cast on her Facebook, along with the simple caption, "#TheLionKing 2019."

"It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life ," said Favreau in a statement.

Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) will be the future king Simba, Bey will take on Simba's friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones will reprise his role of Simba's loving father, Mufasa. Meanwhile, Chiwetel Ejiofor will answer the call to play Simba's villainous uncle Scar , Alfre Woodard will take on Simba's no-nonsense mother, Sarabi, JD McCrary fills the shoes of Young Simba and Shahadi Wright Joseph will play tough girl Young Nala.

But that's not all that's been announced: John Kani has been enlisted to play wise baboon Rafiki, John Oliver will be telling everyone what to do as hornbill Zazu.

Of course, no retelling of the beloved story would be complete without Timon and Pumba. Seth Rogen will be honing his comedic chops to gaseous warthog Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner will know it all as the meerkat Timon.

Some other foes will be coming out to play: Florence Kasumba, Eric André and Keegan-Michael Key will all be appearing as the trouble-making hyenas.

The original film , directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, was the highest grossing animated film for 16 years until it was surpassed by Toy Story 3 in 2010. The film was re-released in 2011, where it got a 3D conversion. And with $30.2 million, it had one of the best sales debuts ever.

In 2016, Disney announced it would be bringing back a live-action version of The Lion King.

The Lion King is slated to roar into theaters on July 19, 2019. (Agencies)

By Liu Yifang, Xu Jing , Miao Zhuang

CHICAGO, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- A euphonic flow of traditional Chinese music "Jasmine flower" leaked out of a classroom of the Valparaiso University in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Indiana. A Chinese Yangqin teacher was instructing a U.S. student on the traditional Chinese musical instrument, a hammered dulcimer.

"I can't believe this is your first time playing Yangqin. You've done a great job!" said Yuening Liu, a Chinese Yangqin musician, to the student.

To instruct American students on Chinese musical instruments is just part of Liu's effort to promote traditional Chinese music overseas. Liu, a professor with Beijing-based Central Conservatory of Music, has dedicated herself to the work for years , and her recent focus is to promote exchanges between China and the U.S. in musical sector.

To this purpose, she launched the Silk Cedar, a band consisting of five Chinese and American musicians, in February this year.

The band made its debut in China in May, and has so far performed at more than 15 events in China and the U.S.

The band plays traditional Chinese as well as American music and songs. Chinese music and songs include such worldwide familiar tunes as "Liuyang River," "A Fishing Boat Song at Sunset," and the "Jasmine Flower ," to name a few. While American music and songs include "I got rhythm," and "Cedar Run."

"We had great responses from Chinese audience," said Paul Friesen-Carper, multi-instrumentalist and singer of the Silk Cedar. "When we were there at the grand theater in Qingdao, people want more, and we did encores. People really appreciate the kind of music we were making and the ways we were able to bring: elements of American traditional jazz music melted with Chinese melodies."

Friesen-Carper got his first taste of Chinese music when he toured China with a youth orchestra in 2000, when he worked side by side with Chinese musicians and learned a little bit about Chinese music.

"And then , I've been interested in China. I went back in 2015, while my dad was a visiting professor there. And when the opportunity came to play with Silk Cedar early this year, I was excited to do it," he said.

"I think for many Americans, their experience in Chinese music is the background music at a Chinese restaurant. So being able to bring this kind of music to a concert atmosphere where people can really give it time to listen, I think those kind of musical conversations in a way that people interact musically really helps cultural understanding and hopefully also political understanding," Paul Friesen-Carper said.

Friesen-Carper's father , Dennis Friesen-Carper, is a Jazz pianist, composer and orchestra conductor of the Silk Cedar.

"Our goal is to give Chinese (audience) a taste of how traditional Chinese music can work with Western music, and then in the United States, it's the goal to introduce Chinese music," said David Mahler, another Silk Cedar member and the U.S. National Champion of hammered dulcimer.

Mahler said he's been always interested in different culture music.

"I just love hearing each culture's expression of music ," Mahler said. "I love learning about whatever culture it is, and I didn't know any Chinese music before so I was excited to become part of this band."

Liu still remembered the moment when Paul Friesen-Carper sang out Chinese folk song "In a Land Far, Far Away" in Chinese at the University of Michigan to mark the 45-year anniversary of PingA website is a collection of information. Wholesale Jerseys   Wholesale Authentic Jerseys   Wholesale Authentic Jerseys   Wholesale MLB Jerseys   Wholesale College Jerseys Cheap   Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys   Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys   Wholesale Jerseys From China   Wholesale NFL Jerseys   Wholesale NFL Jerseys