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Disney Unveils First Look at ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’

Walt Disney today revealed the first look at its upcoming film Mufasa: The Lion King, set for release on December 20. The film is a sequel to the studio’s critically acclaimed and visually stunning live-action remake of The Lion King and explores the unlikely rise of Mufasa, the beloved king of the Pride Lands. The studio also announced an all-star cast of voice talent, bringing new and fan-favorite characters to life.

The Lion King

Plot Summary:

In Mufasa: The Lion King, Rafiki recounts the legend of Mufasa to Kiara, a young cub and the daughter of Simba and Nala, with Timon and Pumbaa providing their usual comedic relief. Told through flashbacks, the film introduces Mufasa as an orphaned cub, lost and alone, until he meets a compassionate lion named Taka – the heir to a royal bloodline. This chance encounter sets in motion an expansive journey for an extraordinary group of outcasts searching for their destiny. Their bonds will be tested as they work together to evade a threatening and deadly foe.

Voice Cast:

  • Aaron Pierre as Mufasa
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Taka, a prince with a bright future who Mufasa welcomes as a brother into his family
  • Tiffany Haddish as Sarafina
  • Kagee Lwanga as Young Rafiki
  • Peter Mullan as Zazu
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Juru, a powerful lion with big plans for his pride
  • Thandiwe Newton as Ashka, Taka’s mother
  • Lenny James as Ahadi, Mufasa’s father
  • Niecy Nash as Sela, Mufasa’s mother
  • Keith David as Masgu, Mufasa’s father
  • John Kani as Rafiki
  • Seth Rogen as Pumbaa
  • Billy Eichner as Timon
  • Donald Glover as Simba

The film, which blends live-action filmmaking with photorealistic computer-generated imagery, is directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk). Adele Romanski and Mark Cernyak produce, with Peter Tobyansen serving as executive producer.

Additional Details:

  • The film will feature original songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with music produced by Mark Mancina and Miranda. The film will also feature additional music and performances by Elton John, Tim Rice, Hans Zimmer, Lebo M., and Beyoncé.