Barry Jenkins’ ‘The Lion King’ Prequel Gets Official Title

The film will hit theaters in 2024!

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Disney revealed the upcoming prequel from Barry Jenkins will be called Mufasa: The Lion King.

Jon Favreau’s groundbreaking live-action remake of The Lion King earned a billion dollars for Disney. The reception to the live-action treatment was mixed, but Disney is moving forward with a new film that will center on Mufasa’s origins.

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Stepping into the director’s chair for Jon Favreau this time around is Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins, with Jeff Nathanson returning to write the prequel. The young Mufasa will be played by Aaron Pierre while Kelvin Harrison Jr. has been cast as Scar. Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen are also set to return as Timon and Pumbaa.

During the live-action Walt Disney Studios presentation at D23, director Barry Jekins revealed the title for the prequel will be Mufasa: The Lion King. Jenkins also shared the prequel will revolve around Pumba, Rafik, and Timon telling the origin story of Mufasa, who rose to power ”without a drop of royalty in his blood,” to a cub.

Here’s the synopsis for Jon Favreau’s The Lion King.

Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy, and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Directed by Jon Favreau, Disney’s The Lion King features the voices talents of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner as Timon.

Disney’s The Lion King is available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming prequel and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.