Following the enormous box-office success of the recent photorealistic remake of the iconic cartoon movie, The Lion Ruler, Disney has announced a prequel that would center on Simba’s father, Mufasa, and his ascent to becoming the titular king of the Pride Lands.
At the recent D23 expo, Disney confirmed that Mufasa: The Lion King will be released at some point in 2024, two years from now. However, they didn’t provide a specific release date.
At least, that was the case, until now. Disney has recently stated that Mufasa: The Lion King, the prequel to 2019’s The Lion King, will debut on July 5th, 2024
After the massive box office success of 2019’s The Lion King, it seems safe to assume that Mufasa: The Lion King will also make its way into movie theatres that year.
However, at this point, there is no confirmation of this, thus it is possible that it will premiere on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.
In 2019, Jon Favreau will helm a semi-live-action adaptation of The Lion King, although Mufasa’s movie will be directed by Barry Jenkins. Famously, Jenkins directed Moonlight, which took home the Oscar for “Best Picture” in 2016.
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The voices of Simba and his brother Scar will be provided by Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. Attendees at the D23 expo were treated to a sneak peek at the film, reportedly including a sequence in which Rafiki tells the narrative of how Mufasa came to be king of Pride Rock to a bunch of cubs. John Kani will return as Rafiki in Mufasa: The Lion King.
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