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‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ Director Barry Jenkins: “They’re handcuffing me”

'Mufasa: The Lion King' Director Barry Jenkins: "They're handcuffing me"
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The billion-dollar collection of 2019’s The Lion King was a landmark success in Disney’s franchise. This year’s CinemaCon has been no less than a blast. Walt Disney Pictures partnered with Pastel Productions and brought the greatest king of the Pride Lands to Las Vegas on Thursday. The first look for Disney’s upcoming installment in the Lion King franchise, titled ‘Mufasa: The Lion King,’ premiered at CinemaCon and made the whole environment energetic. The teaser trailer is filled with amazing visuals and tones and earned applause from the audience sitting at the annual convention for movie theater owners. To learn more about the ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ trailer, release date, cast, and plot, keep reading.

‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ trailer at CinemaCon

A captivating new trailer for the upcoming prequel, ‘Mufasa: The Lion King,’ premiered at CinemaCon. Barry Jenkins went on stage to reveal the exclusive footage. Interestingly, the forthcoming movie features a younger version of Mufasa, Rafiki, Zazu, Timon, and Pumbaa. The film was announced way before September 2022; however, its production was delayed due to the SAG-AFTRA Hollywood strikes in 2023.

THR reported that Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins praised the upcoming movie on stage. Jenkins revealed,

Audiences can expect so many things in this film — an epic story and a comedy with plenty of familiar faces. There are some absolutely hilarious moments and some with extreme gravitas.

He also told the audience that the movie has many new songs. Jenkins said

They’re handcuffing me, so I can’t tell you who made those songs, but I promise you the songs are absolutely amazing,

Cast of ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’

It has been five years since we last saw Pride Lands’ king on screen. The 2019 movie The Lion King included an amazing team for voicing the characters. They included stars such as James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, and Beyoncé, which allowed the audience to see the depth of the roles.

‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ will discuss how Mufasa became the inspiring king that many admire. The voice actors for the upcoming movie are listed below. 

  • Aaron Pierre as Mufasa
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Scar
  • Seth Rogen as Pumbaa
  • Billy Eichner as Timon
  • John Kani as Rafiki
'Mufasa: The Lion King' Director Barry Jenkins: "They're handcuffing me"

Plot of ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’

As mentioned previously, the story will be a prequel that discusses Mufasa’s journey to becoming an admirable king. The story starts with the African savannah and shows a young Mufasa. Rafiki could be heard describing him as

a lion who was born without a drop of nobility in its blood… a lion who would change our lives forever… a lion who will shape our destiny.

In the movie, Rafiki will tell the story of Mufasa as a king to Simba and Nala’s daughter, Kiara. 

The logline states:

Simba, having become king of the Pride Lands, is determined for his cub to follow in his paw prints while the origins of his late father Mufasa are explored.

Release date of ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’

The highly anticipated movie, directed by Barry Jenkins and written by Jeff Nathanson, will arrive in theaters on December 20, 2024. Further details about the movie’s storyline have not yet been revealed. It will be intriguing to watch Pierre voice the younger Mufasa. Nevertheless, James Earl Jones has left his imprint forever as the voice of Mufasa, which will be hard to live up to.

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