Walt Disney Studios is said to be seriously thinking about turning Elton John/David Rice Tony Award-winning musical “Aida” into a big budget movie.
According to Jim Hill Media, Beyoncé Knowles is reportedly already in talks with the singer/actress to take the title role in this live-action story of an ancient Egyptian captain who captures a Nubian princess and falls in love with her. To spare her a life of hard labor, she’s given as a handmaiden to Princess Amnerishis – his bride-to-be.
The original musical is based on Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, and Knowles’ fellow “Destiny’s Child” bandmate Michelle T. Williams previously starred in a production of it.
Disney bought the rights to the children’s storybook version of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera that Leontyne Price wrote back in 1990.