‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ to Roar Into Action This December

Mufasa 2024
Mufasa 2024

Walt Disney Studios has released the much-anticipated trailer of Mufasa: The Lion King, the prequel of The Lion King which was released five years ago. Directed by Academy Award winner Barry Jerkins, the prequel revolves around the origins of Mufasa, the king of The Pride Lands. Unlike the previous part, which depicted Simba’s tale of survival, this part will delve deep into the childhood of Mufasa as he rose to power and his rivalry with Scar. 

What Does the Plot Say?

The trailer introduces us to Rafiki, who recounts the story of Mufasa, the great lion king, to his descendent and the daughter of Simba and Nala, Kiara. “A lion was born without a drop of nobility in his blood.” This line indicates that the storyline follows the rise of Simba’s father. The trailer also shows snippets of Mufasa running along another lion, which we guess is his brother Scar who later turns out to be his rival. Mufasa is shown as an orphan who is rescued by a sympathetic lion named Taka aka Scar. Taka comes from a royal lineage and welcomes Mufasa into his family. Their bonds are put to test when they encounter a deadly beast. 

How Do the Fans React?

Fans, who had been waiting with bated breath for the upcoming Lion King film, were swift to react. Someone wrote on X, “#MufasaTheLionKing teaser was visually stunning.” Another wrote, “I was really thinking about #Mufasa story when I was a kid. Now I’m ready for it”. One of the fans also commented, “I’m most interested in learning about mufasa’s backstory and what he went through and what led to scar becoming jealous of his big brother.”

Who Is in the Cast?

James Earl Jones is back as Mufasa, while Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. play the younger versions of Mufasa and Scar, respectively. Actors John Kani, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Donald Glover, Mads Mikkelsen, Thandiwe Newton, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter are among the stunning ensembles. 

Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé’s 12-year-old daughter, makes her feature film debut in this film. 

John Kani will play Rafiki, the wise old mandrill who is also the narrator of the story

Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen will be seen revisiting their roles as Timon and Pumbaa.

Mads Mikkelsen plays Kiros, a lion who has big plans for his pride. 

Thandiwe Newton will be playing the role of Eshe, Scar’s mother. 

Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will be reprising their roles in the film as Simba and Nala. 

Blue Ivy Carter will make her debut as Kiara, the offspring of Simba and Nala.

Will There Be an OTT Release?

Mufasa: The Lion King will premiere in theatres on December 20. Considering that it falls under the banner of Disney Studios, the film might be available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar within a few months of its release. 

What Can We Expect?

Fans are delighted to see ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ , which is one of the most awaited movies. Helmed by Oscar Winner Barry Jerkins the film offers visual pleasure, with a fantastic background score. The songs are written by the award-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Finally, the truth about Mufasa’s enmity against his brother Scar, as well as what caused his resentment, will be revealed. It will also focus on Mufasa’s origins, as he was separated from his family at early childhood. His transition from an orphan to the leader of the Pride Lands will be intriguing to watch on the big screen. 

The audience is looking forward to watching Beyoncé and her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter who will play Nala and Kiara, respectively. 

In 2019, The Lion King touched the 1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Let’s see if the forthcoming film can break its prior records or not.