The rumors were true.
The BeyHive started speculating that Beyonce was Photoshopped into the official Lion King cast photo, and it turns out they were right. Queen Bey was unable to be there in person because why would she spend time with a gaggle of peasants? She’s Beyonce for God’s sake. She’s obviously charitable in many ways, but posing with lessors… Disney didn’t pay her enough for that.
John Oliver, who plays Zazu in the remake, told Stephen Colbert on Friday’s Late Show, “I remember Chiwetel [Ejiofor] was sitting in the front. He said, ‘You need to be careful where your foot is,’’’ he said. “And I looked down and there was just this piece of tape on the floor with Beyoncé’s name written on it. It was like an electrical reaction, to go, ‘Oh sh-t!’ Just the future presence of Beyoncé was so intimidating.”
Oliver said his expression in the cast photo was due to him thinking about Beyonce: “What I’m doing is imagining that I am about to be put into a photo with Beyoncé one day, and that was nerve-wracking enough.”
Queen of having better things to do.