Beyoncé is arguably the greatest pop star of our time. But in all the frenzied excitement over her music, her fashion, and her private life, one aspect of the Bey phenomenon that flies under the radar is her acting chops. She may not yet have a movie-star career like Cher and Barbra Streisand did, and she may not yet have an Oscar like Jennifer Hudson and Lady Gaga do, but Beyoncé has proven she can be just as stellar on the silver screen as she is in a recording booth or a Super Bowl stage.
Never one to shy away from a big splash, Beyoncé returns to the big screen for one of the most hotly anticipated pop-culture events of 2019. The Lion King needed its queen - so who else but Queen Bey? Disney's photorealistic remake of its beloved animated classic arrives in theaters on July 19, and Beyoncé is the crown jewel of its star-studded cast.
Prior to her coronation into Disney royalty, Hollywood has often cast her, unsurprisingly, as a singer. But before you assume she's just sticking close to what she knows, consider the diverse range of performers she's portrayed. From a classic Bizet heroine to a jazz legend, from a satiric disco diva to a struggling lounge singer, she's assumed the identities of a varied assortment. If there's one thing that should be abundantly clear by now, it's that Bey is a true multi-hyphenate.
She Made Her Acting Debut In A TV-Movie Version Of The Opera 'Carmen'Photo: MTV
She Made Her Feature Film Debut In 'Austin Powers In Goldmember'Photo: New Line Cinema
Roger Ebert Was Impressed With Her First Starring Feature-Film Role In 'The Fighting Temptations'Photo: Paramount Pictures
She Played A Pop Singer - And Sang The Film's Theme Song - In 'The Pink Panther'
She Was Nominated For A Best Actress Golden Globe For 'Dreamgirls'
She Played Music Icon Etta James In 'Cadillac Records'Photo: TriStar Pictures