Surprise! Chance The Rapper Is In The 'Lion King'
By Peyton Blakemore
July 11, 2019
Chance the Rapper can keep a secret!
On Wednesday (July 10), the 26-year-old surprised fans when he revealed that he managed to make a lifelong dream come true by snagging a role in the forthcoming Lion King. Chance shared the news on Instagram, detailing how his infatuation with the film led to him voicing the character Bush Baby.
"I grew up my whole life obsessed with all things related to #TheLionKing; like all three films, the Timon and Pumbaa tv show, the broadway play and especially the broadway soundtrack. Needless to say the original film was immensely impactful on my music and overall life," he shared. "So when my big bro Donald [Glover] got casted as Simba, he did the coolest thing ever and told director Jon Favreau to call me in as a consultant to keep the original flavor."
Chance continued, "So for about a year I would go to the LK studio and see early animations, scenes, music direction or assemblies and they’d always be out of this world amazing. One day I’m there Jon asked me to do some singing stuff, another day he asks me to do some lines. Its all a blur, but I’ll tell u its one of the best blurs of my whole life. I am so blessed to know people like Donald and Jon man. AMAZING FILM, AMAZING CAST AND AN AMAZING NIGGHT LAST NIGHT. GOD BLESS AND LONG LIVE THE KING."
News of Chance's Lion King role comes ahead of the release of his debut album. As fans know, the "Groceries" rapper is set to release the project this month.
Lion King hits theaters on July 19.
Chance is also performing at this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September alongside a lineup of superstar artists. Fans across the country can tune in and watch an exclusive live stream of the show via The CW App and CWTV.com. Then, on October 2nd and 3rd, relive all of the epic performances from the weekend during a televised special on The CW Network at 8pm ET/PT. And leading up to the official television special, The CW will also air an hour-long Best Of Special on Sunday, September 29th at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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