Mufasa: The Lion King will be the title of Barry Jenkins’ next prequel, according to Disney.
Disney received one billion dollars with Jon Favreau’s ground-breaking live-action adaptation of The Lion King. Despite the mixed reactions to the live-action version, Disney is going ahead with a new movie that will focus on Mufasa’s beginnings.
Barry Jenkins, who previously directed Moonlight, will take over for Jon Favreau this time around, and Jeff Nathanson will once again write the prequel. Aaron Pierre will portray the young Mufasa, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. has been chosen to play Scar. As Timon and Pumbaa, Seth Rogen, and Billy Eichner will also make a comeback.
Director Barry Jenkins disclosed the prequel’s name during the live-action Walt Disney Studios presentation at D23: Mufasa: The Lion King. Jenkins also revealed that the prequel will center on Pumba, Rafik, and Timon telling a youngster about Mufasa’s history and how he became powerful “without a drop of royalty in his blood.”