While the release of Mufasa, the prequel to The Lion King, was revealed during D23, the date of the movie wasn’t reveled in the fest. The release date for Mufasa, as revealed by Disney today, is July 5, 2024.
Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. will portray the young incarnations of Mufasa and his brother Scar in the animated movie. The character’s early years will be covered in the prequel. At D23, there was video of Rafiki retelling the tale and explaining to a pack of cubs how Mufasa came to rule Pride Rock.
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The movie will be ready to gear all the attention of the audience exclusively in theaters in year 2024.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics and audiences, The Lion King from 2019 was a huge success, grossing over $1.6 billion worldwide. The movie had a star-studded cast, including Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls, “Lemonade” visual album) as Nala, Simba’s friend who later became his love interest, and James Earl Jones as Mufasa, among many others.
The movie will be directed by Barry Jenkins. Jenkins previously helmed the critically acclaimed films If Beale Street Could Talk and Moonlight.
Enjoy the teaser trailer below as you wait until July 5, 2024