Mufasa: The Lion King, confirmed the prequel of the live-action

Mufasa: The Lion King, confirmed the prequel of the live-action


Following the great success of the remake of The Lion King in CGI, Disney has seen fit to invest more in such a visual project. From 2019, we return to talk about this film, given that one of its prequel films has recently been confirmed. The new project takes its name from one of the most iconic and suffered characters of the entire film: Mufasa, aiming at the emotionality of both historical fans and those achieved in recent years. Mufasa: The Lion King was officially revealed and announced during D23 Expo 2022, accompanied by a general enthusiasm for the future works that Disney is working on these days, with consequent announcements for fans.

Click here to subscribe to Disney + for € 1.99 for one month. Only until 09/19 According to the official twitter channel of the Mufasa company: The Lion King will be officially released in the course of 2024, followed in detail by Barry Jenkins, director and co-screenwriter of the Oscar winner, Moonlight, who will also direct the film.

What will Mufasa: The Lion King talk about?

Based on the statements reported in recent months, initially the aforementioned film should have been a sequel to Jon Favreau's CGI film, and then totally change course and objectives. At the center of Mufasa: The Lion King we find the story of the origins of the character who is the title, and we will therefore have the opportunity to get to know another face of a character who has always embodied the canons of wisdom and strength.| ); }
A Mufasa, therefore, in his infantile and later young phase will give us the opportunity to attend the personal events that have made the character as we have always known him. According to Variety, Aaron Pierre will be working in place of James Earl Jones for this younger version, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. will be voicing Scar, taking over from Jeremy Irons in the original and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the CGI remake. | ); } In addition to the announcement to the fans present on the spot, a scene from the film was also previewed in which Rafiki told the young lions the story of a Mufasa who had had to fight for his personal rise as king. In addition to Rafiki, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen have also been reconfirmed in the film as Timon and Pumbaa.

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Disney's 'The Lion King' remake is getting a prequel in 2024 centered around Simba's dad. Here's what we know about 'Mufasa.'

  • Disney's CGI 'The Lion King' remake is getting a prequel in 2024 called 'Mufasa: The Lion King.'
  • Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins debuted the film's first footage and teased the prequel's premise.
  • The film will tell Mufasa's rise from orphan cub to leader of Pride Rock.
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    Disney's prequel to its 'The Lion King' remake finally has a name: 'Mufasa: The Lion King.'

    'Well before Simba took his place in the circle of life, another great king ruled over the Pride Lands. This is his story,' president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Sean Bailey told the crowd at Disney's fan celebration, D23 Expo, Friday afternoon inside the Anaheim Convention Center where Insider was in attendance.

    ''Mufasa' is the origin story of one of the greatest kings in the history of pride lions,' director Barry Jenkins added, saying that the film will be told in different time frames as it shifts between the present and past.

    Here's the logo for 'Mufasa: The Lion King' which debuted at Disney's D23 Expo on Friday.Kirsten Acuna/Insider

    'Rafiki, Timon, and Pumbaa — we all know and love — are relaying the story of Mufasa,' said Jenkins.

    Jenkins added that Mufasa wasn't born into royalty. The prequel to the 2019 movie, which grossed over $1.6 billion, will show how he came from a humble life to rise into power over Pride Rock.

    'Mufasa was actually an orphaned cub who had to navigate the world alone, by himself,' Jenkins said of the prequel. 'In telling this story, we get to experience the real journey of how Mufasa found his place in the Circle of Life. It is pretty awesome.' 

    When asked why he felt he had to make this movie, given his body of work which includes Oscar winner 'Moonlight,' Jenkins recounted his personal connection to 1994's 'The Lion King': 'When I was 14, I was helping raise two nephews and there was a VHS tape we watched maybe 95 times in a span of 20 days. So I really knew this character. I loved him.'

    'As I was reading this wonderful script, I was thinking about Mufasa and why he's great and how people become great,' Jenkins said, adding, 'What you'll learn in this story is that Mufasa is who he is, he is great, because of the family and friends he has with him, and so I saw myself in that.'

    The film's narration element seems awfully reminiscent of 'The Lion King 1 1/2,' which was a terribly boring Disney sequel that recounted the events of 'The Lion King' from Pumbaa and Timon's points of view.

    Here, it seems like 'Mufasa' is learning from that animated sequel's mistakes by having Rafiki relay some of the story to Pumbaa and Timon.

    Jenkins debuted a gorgeous one-minute and 20 second teaser exclusive to Disney's D23 Expo which showcased the young cub in peril, hanging onto a log in a body of water. The imagery instantly brought to mind Mufasa's iconic death scene in 'The Lion King' where he saved his son Simba as he clung to a tree branch before being tossed from the side of a cliff by his brother, Scar. 

    Timon and Pumbaa are seen in 2019's 'The Lion King.'Walt Disney Studios

    Curiously, no mention of Scar was made during the panel. 

    Timon and Pumbaa, voiced by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, were also seen at the end of the teaser footage speaking to Rafiki. 

    'Wait. Wait. Wait. So, just to be clear, we're not in this story?' Timon asks Rafiki. 

    Pumbaa added: 'There's a lot of stories with all of us. Tell one of those.'

    'You know, I don't feel seen,' Timon added to laughter from the crowd as the clip ended.

    Likewise, Jenkins and Bailey did not say whether or not James Earl Jones, who voiced the adult Mufasa in both the animated and CGI remakes of 'The Lion King,' will reprise his role again for the prequel.

    'Mufasa' will be in theaters in 2024.

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