Mufasa: The Lion King

‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ Disney Gives First Look at The Lion King Prequel

The first trailer for The Lion King prequel has just dropped!

Disney is returning to the Pride Lands in the upcoming prequel to Jon Favreau’s 2019 hit, The Lion King. Directed by Barry Jenkins, Mufasa: The Lion King will delve into the early years of Mufasa, offering a new take on his path to kingship in the Pride Lands alongside his brother, Scar.

For the first time, Mufasa will not be voiced by James Earl Jones, who famously portrayed Mufasa in both the original The Lion King and its remake. Instead, Aaron Pierre will be taking on the legendary role, portraying a younger version of the character.

Mufasa: The Lion King
Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios

The trailer reveals a young Mufasa, as the voiceover tells us he was “a lion who was born without a drop of nobility in his blood.” The official description also reveals that Mufasa’s tale is being narrated to Kiara, the daughter of Simba and Nala, and although the storyline will be about Mufasa’s rise, it will intertwin with Simba and Nala’s family.

The official synopsis reads, Told in flashbacks, the story introduces Mufasa as an orphaned cub, lost and alone until he meets a sympathetic lion named Taka—the heir to a royal bloodline. The chance meeting sets in motion an expansive journey of an extraordinary group of misfits searching for their destiny—their bonds will be tested as they work together to evade a threatening and deadly foe.

Mufasa: The Lion King
Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Alongside Pierre there is an impressive cast that sees returning members Donald Glover and Beyoncé as Simba and Nala, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa, and John Kani as Rafiki. Joining the pride will be Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of Beyoncé, as cub Kiara,  Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Taka, Mads Mikkelsen as Kiros and Thandiwe Newton as Taka’s mother.

Mufasa: The Lion King is directed by Barry Jenkins, with Lin-Manuel Miranda crafting the film’s songs. It’s scheduled to hit theaters on December 20.

Watch the trailer for ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’

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