One of the most unexpected combinations of director in film in recent years is undoubtedly Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and the Disney prequel Mufasa: The Lion King. The director has now opened a booklet about what we can expect from the film.
The new film is about the younger versions of Simba’s father and his brother Taka (who later becomes Scar). Aaron Pierre provides the voice for Mufasa this time and Kelvin Harrison Jr. that of Taka.
In addition, we hear John Kani, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen again as Rafiki, Timon and Pumbaa respectively in scenes set after the events of The Lion King play.
A new approach
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly at the recent D23 Expo, Jenkins shared the following about his approach to the prequel:
“I think you’re going to see a lot of familiar faces. It’s a prequel in the sense that it’s about the same characters, but we’re going to see clearly how they came to be. So we’re going back in time with these characters.”
Jenkins signed on to the project after Jeff Nathanson sent him the script. According to Jenkins:
“Mufasa is the king, the greatest king of the Pride Lands, so you assume he got that title because of who he is. However, the studio and Jeff Nathanson did everything they could in the script to show how a myth is made.”
Mufasa: The Lion King hits cinemas in July 2024.
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