Fans of The Lion King have something to look forward to in roughly two years! Mufasa: The Lion King, the much anticipated prequel film, will be released in July 2024.
Billy Eichner, Seth Rogan, and John Kani are all set to reprise their roles from 2019’s The Lion King. That film also featured the voices of James Earl Jones, Beyonce, and Donald Glover. However, no other casting details have been revealed yet.
The prequel will explore the rise of Musafa to his reign as king, with the story being told through the lens of Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba. The project is being directed by Barry Jenkins, who is replacing Jon Favreau in the director’s chair.
Barry Jenkins Set to Direct Mufasa: The Lion King
Jenkins, 42, recently revealed that working on The Underground Railroad, for Amazon Prime Video, helped him to understand what he could bring to Mufasa: The Lion King.
The filmmaker relished the experience of working on a “visual effects heavy” project for the first time and he’s excited to helm the new movie.
“It was something I always wanted to do,” Jenkins said. “I was finishing ‘The Underground Railroad’ when this project came to me, and so it was great to be working in a very visual effects-heavy way for the first time in my career. I’d done visual effects but not in this way at all.”
Jenkins admits that making The Underground Railroad gave him the confidence that he needed to tackle a project of this size.
“It was really great to get an inside look at what that process was like. It helped me understand that I could make this film.” Jenkins adds.
Mufasa: The Lion King is set to be released on July 5, 2024. We’ll keep you posted as more details surface. Are you excited for the The Lion King prequel? Sound off in our comment section below!