Young Simba just can’t wait to be king, and he’s already reaping the benefits of royalty … because JD McCrary scored a fat check to do some voice work for the ‘Lion King’ remake.
TMZ has obtained JD’s minors contract from the new Disney movie … and it says the 12-year-old made $5,000 a day to be the voice of Young Simba.
But, there’s more … he gets $50,000 for each song in which he performs lead vocals — he has one, “I Just Can’t Wait to be King.”
He also gets $25,000 a song for duets — sorry, no duets, but he gets $15,000 for group songs, and he’s on “Hakuna Matata” with Seth Rogen, Donald Glover and Billy Eichner.
And, not to forget … he gets royalties on the album. It says 10%, but we’re guessing the definition is less impressive.
JD has been in the biz for a minute, but “The Lion King” is by far his biggest gig … he’s also had parts in a bunch of TV shows, starring in “The Paynes” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and playing Young Michael Jackson in “American Soul.”
Jon Favreau directed the remake, and he found a small part for his daughter, Madeleine. According to her minors contract, she pocketed $814 for one day of work as a singer.
It’s the second Disney payday for Madeleine … she previously played Raquel the Rhino in the 2016 ‘Jungle Book’ remake.
“Lion King” dominated the box office in its first 3 days in theaters … raking in a whopping $191.8 million across North America.
The good news … Scar can’t get his paws on JD’s or Madeleine’s money.