Elton John wants to be involved in the live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King. The 70-year-old singer stirred speculation of his possible involvement when he made a surprise appearance on stage at the Broadway production of the The Lion King, a tribute to the show’s 20th anniversary, over the weekend.
John has opened up to ET about his unexpected performance during the Fall Gala of Elton John AIDS Foundation on Tuesday, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
“It was very exciting, I was a surprise,” the music icon said. “I wasn’t able to be here for the 15th anniversary and it’s been such an important part of my life, it’s opened so many doors for me, and it was just great to see everybody.”
“It was a great get together and very meaningful,” he continued.
John, who wrote and sang some of the most memorable songs on the soundtrack of the 1994 animated movie, treated the audience to a live version of his iconic song “Circle of Life.”
John told ET he hopes he’ll be on board in the upcoming live-action reboot, which is currently in production. “Yes, I think so. I hope so,” he said.
The legendary singer was accompanied by husband David Furnish at the all-star black tie gala in NY, as their charitable foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary of raising funds for programs providing assistance to those living with AIDS/HIV, conducting research into treatment and battling the ongoing global epidemic, according to ET.