Elton John’s schedule recently got a whole lot busier following his announcement last month that the classic rock hero will head out on a lengthy farewell tour starting later this year. Now it appears that John is indeed working on the upcoming remake of Disney’s “The Lion King,” as the 70-year-old pianist confirmed his participation in the film in a new report article published over the weekend. Up until now, there has only been slight speculation on John’s involvement with the remake, which has casted a handful of well known performers, including Donald Glover and Beyoncé, to name a few.
According to the report, John is working alongside his former lyrical collaborator Tim Rice and Beyoncé on a new closing track for the film, which will play during the end credits.
“There’s going to be four of our songs in the film,” John exclusively told The Sun. “And then there will be an end, closing song, and we’ve been speaking to Beyonce’s people and hopefully Tim and I and her can cook up something ... That’s going out in 2019 as well. And it will be great to work with her. So we will see.”
John also revealed that the four songs from the 1994 film, which he originally penned alongside Rice, including “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?,” “Hakuna Matata,” “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” and “Circle of Life,” will all return in the 2019 remake.
John and Rice’s previous collaboration earned the two Golden Globe and Academy Award wins for Best Original Song. The two will certainly be hoping to strike another emotional chord for a new generation of moviegoers this time around as well. John also admitted in the interview that he’s impressed with what he’s seen of the film’s production thus far.
“I’ve seen a little bit of the opening of it, which is amazing,” he also added.
John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is scheduled to start this fall, following the completion of his Million Dollar Piano residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Tickets for select shows on what will be his final tour are in high demand, and on sale now.