‘Mufasa: The Lion King’: First Trailer Arrives for Disney Prequel and Star-Studded Voice Cast Unveiled


Take a look above at the first trailer to arrive for Disney‘s Mufasa: The Lion King, a follow-up to the studio’s 2019 live-action/CG reimagining of their 1994 animated classic.

Directed by Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk helmer Barry Jenkins, this new chapter has Rafiki unveiling the legend of Mufasa to the young lion cub Kiara, daughter of Simba and Nala, and to Timon and Pumbaa. Through flashbacks, the story unveils Mufasa as an orphaned cub, finding solace and companionship with a sympathetic lion named Taka, heir to a regal lineage. This serendipitous encounter sparks an epic odyssey for a remarkable ensemble of outcasts, bound by fate as they confront a menacing and lethal adversary.

Disney has also announced the star-studded lineup of talent providing voice work. Among the ensemble – a mix of returning stars and newcomers: Aaron Pierre as Mufasa; Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Taka, a lion prince welcoming Mufasa into his family as a brother; Tiffany Boone as Sarabi; Preston Nyman as Zazu; Mads Mikkelsen as Kiros, a formidable lion with grand aspirations for his pride; Thandiwe Newton as Taka’s mother, Eshe; Seth Rogen as Pumbaa; Billy Eichner as Timon; and Donald Glover as Simba. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter returns as the voice of Nala, with daughter Blue Ivy Carter voicing Kiara.

The film also brings in acclaimed and award-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Encanto, Moana) as writer of the songs, producing them alongside Mark Mancina. Additional music and performances by South African artist Lebo M.

The Lion King has an incredible musical legacy with music from some of the greatest songwriters around, and I’m humbled and proud to be a part of it,” said Miranda in a statement. “It’s been a joy working alongside Barry Jenkins to bring Mufasa’s story to life, and we can’t wait for audiences to experience this film in theaters.”

Mufasa: The Lion King is set to premiere in Australian cinemas on December 19 and US cinemas on December 20.

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