Beyonce to Star in Aida
JIM HILL MEDIA -- (July 6, 2007) Walt Disney Studios is seriously thinking about turning DT's earlier production, "Aida," into a big budget movie musical.
"And just who would play the title role in the film version of this Elton John musical?," you ask. Would you believe Beyoncé? The Mouse is reportedly already in talks with this pop diva, trying to convince Ms. Knowles to make "Aida" her follow-up project to "Dreamgirls."
Starring in the movie version of this Tony Award-winning musical should be a no-brainer for Beyoncé. Particularly since the show's title role has proven to be such an effective showcase for chart toppers like Toni Braxton and Ms. Knowles' fellow "Destiny's Child" survivor, Michelle T. Williams.
Mind you, the folks back at the studio are thrilled that a movie version of "Aida" is finally in the works. After all, that's why Disney bought the rights to the children's storybook version of Giuseppe Verdi's opera that Leontyne Price wrote back in 1990. Because they originally thought that this material might make fine fodder for a feature length cartoon.
So now -- after almost 20 years -- to have "Aida" finally come full circle and return to the studio. Only this time not as a proposed animated feature, but as a live action movie musical ... Well, there's something very pleasing about that.