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The Surprising Reason Beyoncé Lost Out on a Disney Princess Role

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The Surprising Reason Beyoncé Lost Out on a Disney Princess Role




<p><em>The Princess and the Frog</em>, the 2009 animated feature about a hardworking waitress in 1920s Louisiana who kisses a frog and makes her dreams come true, made history for featuring <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href=" target="_blank">Disney's first Black princess</a>. But few people know that it almost had a different lead—superstar <strong>Beyoncé</strong>. In her 2013 memoir, <a rel="noopener noreferrer external nofollow" href=" target="_blank"><em>Confessions of a Casting Director</em></a>, casting director <strong>Jen Rudin</strong> shared that the Grammy-winning superstar pursued the role but lost out to <strong>Anika Noni Rose </strong>over one thing. Find out more.</p>
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<p>When the coveted role was announced, it attracted a lot of attention, and Rudin wrote that her phone was soon "ringing off the hook" with stars interested in the role, including America's Next Top Model host <strong>Tyra Banks</strong> and <strong>Alicia Keys</strong>. The casting director wrote that the latter's existing talent deal with Disney meant going with her would have "made sense politically." But then the movie musical <em>Dreamgirls</em> came out—and with it, a stunning performance by future Oscar-winner <strong>Jennifer Hudson</strong>. The <em>American Idol </em>alum was quickly brought into the audition process, despite difficulty making it work with the recording schedule for her new album.</p>
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<p>Rudin stated that there was another singer interested in the part. Hudson's <em>Dreamgirls</em> costar Beyoncé's agent "kept calling" to campaign for her, according to the book. However, there was one big issue with her audition—namely, that it didn't happen.</p>
<p>The Destiny's Child singer's agent "insisted she was 'offer only,' which meant we would have to offer her the role without her coming in to audition," Rudin wrote. Those conditions apparently didn't cut it for everyone involved in casting the princess role.</p>
<p>"<a rel="noopener noreferrer external nofollow" href=" target="_blank">Beyoncé expected an offer</a>, but wouldn't audition and so she didn't get one," Rudin was quoted in Business Insider.</p>
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<p>Rudin’s preference for the part was an actor, who he had chosen from the beginning. Broadway performer Anika Noni Rose had played Lorell Maya Robinson alongside Knowles and Hudson in <em>Dreamgirls</em>. The casting director wrote that she felt from the beginning that Rose had just the right voice and was "the most qualified" for the voice part. She also waited through the five-month process of casting.</p>
<p>After Hudson dropped out, the executives sat in a closed-door room to listen to possible voices. In the end, they didn't feel as though Keys' voice "belonged to a princess who lived in New Orleans in the 1920s." Disney decided to cast Rose as the Jazz Age aspiring restaurateur.</p>
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<p>Anchored by Rose, <em>The Princess and the Frog</em> went on to earn more than <a rel="noopener noreferrer external nofollow" href=" target="_blank">$267 million at the box office</a>.</p>
<p>While she missed out on playing Tiana, Beyoncé later took on a different role in another animated film, voicing Queen Tara in 2013's <em>Epic</em>. She also went on to join the Disney canon as another Disney princess of sorts, voicing Nala in the 2019 computer-animated version of <em>The Lion King</em>. There is no word as to whether she auditioned first.</p>
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