Later “Moonlight,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and “The Underground Railroad”, someone expected Barry Jenkinsnext movie to be… a prequel to “The Lion King“? It’s a total move from left field by Jenkins. After all, how the director’s formal brilliance will shine through all the photorealistic CGI.”Mufasa: The Lion King” will you trust?
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Audiences won’t get an answer until the film’s release in 2024, but even so: it’s a Barry Jenkins film, so something to get excited about. And in an interview with EW at the D23 Expo earlier this month, Jenkins seems excited about “Mufasa” as well. On the one hand, he’s excited to work with characters audiences already know and love. “I think you’re going to see a lot of familiar faces,” Jenkins told EW. “It’s a prequel, but again, it’s a prequel in the sense that they’re all the same characters, but we’re telling how they became who they are. So we are literally stepping back. Let’s go back in time with many of these characters. We’re in the present too, but we’re also going to come back to tell who those characters were.”
Jenkins embarked on the next disney movie later Jeff Nathanson sent him the movie script and fell in love. And even though audiences are already familiar with the world of “The Lion King,” Jenkins felt the film would still break new ground. “Mufasa is the king, the greatest king of the Pride Lands, and you assume he got that way just because he is,” explains Jenkins. “And I thought the studio and Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the script, did a great job of really exploring how people become great, how people become these mythical figures that we look up to.”
The upcoming film centers around the titular king of Pride Rock, the father of “The Lion King” protagonist Simba. Rafiki, Timon and Pumbaa will tell the story in flashbacks, with John Kani, Billy Eichnerand Seth Rogen reprising their voice roles from Jon Favreau2019 movie. James Earl Jones will not return to voice Mufasa, however. Instead of, Aaron Pierre gives voice to the youngest iteration, while Kelvin Harrison Jr. voices Taka, the real name of Mufasa’s brother Scar.
And what else should the public expect from “Mufasa”? “Please expect musical numbers,” Jenkins said. “Really wonderful musical numbers, I would say.” It wouldn’t be a Disney movie without any of them. “Mufasa” is on track for a 2024 release.
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