As announced at D23 Expo 2022, Mufasa: The Lion King is on its way through the production pipeline. In a tweet from the official Twitter account of Walt Disney Studios, it came to light that the film will arrive in 2024, although a specific date has not been announced. Variety reports that Moonlight will be directed by Barry Jenkins and that the film is a prequel to the 2019 remake of The Lion King. Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. will voice the younger versions of Mufasa and his scheming brother Scar, replacing James Earl Jones and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who they voiced as adults in the 2019 film.
It hasn’t appeared online as of this writing, but Variety revealed that a short teaser was shown at D23 exclusively for those in attendance. It begins with Rafiki (John Kani) speaking to a group of lion cubs about the early life of the famous Mufasa and how he rose to become the leader of Pride Rock. As it turns out, not only is he not of royal lineage, but he was orphaned as a child when a flood separated him from his family. “In this place a lion was born without a drop of nobility in his blood. The lion that would change our lives forever,” says Rafiki, while Timon (Billy Eichner) regrets not appearing in the film.
As 2024 approaches, it will be interesting to see what Mufasa: The Lion King has in store.