Beyonce Turned Down This Role in a Disney Animated Film Because of This Reason
The 2017 remake of ‘Beauty & The Beast’ was refreshingly magical, especially since Emma Watson was phenomenal in playing her part. However, did you know that it could have even been more spectacular with Beyonce in it?
Anything that Beyonce graces, it surely will be a hit. So knowing that she would have been in the Disney film is simply unimaginable.
Joining the Cast
The ‘Lemonade’ hitmaker was supposed to join the cast of ‘Beauty & The Beast,’ director Bill Condor revealed. While the hiring process for the movie was happening, the filmmaker did try to get Beyonce on board for a minor role.
After all, Bill worked with the singer in ‘Dreamgirls,’ a 2006 musical film. As such, he knew the ‘Love On Top’ hitmaker’s capabilities and thought that she would be a nice addition to the roster of talented thespians for ‘Beauty & The Beast.’
The filmmaker wanted Beyonce to be Plumette, the French singing feather duster, but it was too small a role for the Queen, so she turned down the offer. Eventually, the role of Lumiere’s lover went to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who did an incredible job.
For The Best?
Beyonce did turn down such a great opportunity, but it may for the best since at the time, the songstress had a lot on her plate. It is safe to say that she had a tight schedule – she wasn’t only pregnant with twins Rumi and Sir, she also had to deal with her businesses and her tours.
As such, adding another acting stint to her hectic schedule could have potentially worn her out, so declining the offer may be her best decision. Plus, this was hardly the first time Beyonce opted out of a project.
Another Disney Project
Even before Bill tried to woo Beyonce over, another Disney film wanted to cast her. The ‘Halo’ hitmaker was tapped to play Princess Tiana in the 2009 animated movie ‘The Princess and the Frog,’ but despite being the first choice, she turned the opportunity down, too.
Beyonce was the first choice to play the part but she missed the chance after failing to audition. An author dished that the singer didn’t want to try out but expected an offer.
‘Confessions of a Casting Director’ author Jen Rubin revealed that big names like Tyra Banks and Jennifer Hudson wanted the part as well as Alicia Keys, who auditioned thrice, but it eventually went to Anika Noni Rose, the most qualified of all the applicants.
Nonetheless, Beyonce was able to join a Disney film playing a major character, Nala, in the hit remake of ‘Lion King.’
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