People Divided Over The Lion King Prequel That Follows Mufasa’s Rise To Become King

After the announcement of a prequel to The Lion Kingpeople have been left divided after hearing how the story will follow Mufasa’s rise to kingship.

Originally announced in 2020 as a sequel to the 2019 remake of the 1994 Disney classic, Mufasa: The Lion King is set to tell the origin story of Mufasa and his childhood growing up alongside his brother, and most notably, one of Disney’s most iconic villains: Scar.

An official synopsis reads: “Simba, having become king of the Pride Lands, is determined that his cub will follow in his footsteps as the origins of his late father Mufasa are explored.”

As reported by Variety, the younger versions of Mufasa and Scar will be voiced by Aaron Pierre (Mufasa) and Kelvin Harrison Jr. (scar), replacing James Earl Jones as Mufasa in both the 1994 original and the new version of 2019, and Jeremy Irons and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar.

It will be a CGI remake with an aesthetic similar to Jon Favreau’s 2019 film.

At the recent D23 Expo, Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins gave a little more insight into the production, explaining how the film will be told in two time periods.

One will be in the past when a young Mufasa will be seen becoming a lion king, and the other will be in the present when Rafiki, Timon and Pumbaa will tell the story of Mufasa to a young cub.

According to Gizmodo, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner will reprise their roles as Pumbaa and Timon.

The film will be a prequel to the 2019 remake of The Lion King.  Credit: Walt Disney Studios
The film will be a prequel to the 2019 remake of The Lion King. Credit: Walt Disney Studios

“We assume that he was just born into his bloodline, but Mufasa was actually an orphaned cub who had to navigate the world alone. By telling this story, we get to experience the real journey of how Mufasa found his place in the circle of life.”

While the film isn’t expected to be released until 2024, Disney fans have already been quick to share their excitement following the official announcement yesterday (September 9), with one fan writing on Twitter, “I’m interested in this as The Lion King It’s still my favorite Disney movie after all these decades, if they want to do more with this world, I won’t complain!”

While another simply said, “OMG I’m so happy I can’t wait!”

However, others are not so impressed and have criticized the production for “exhausting” movie ideas.

“Proof that all ideas for movies and entertainment have already run out. @diamondtvzambia ideas are not easy to come by please give us a break,” wrote one person while another said, “No one needs prequels for a remake trash”. “

Some Disney fans think a prequel to the 2019 remake is unnecessary.  Credit: Walt Disney Studios
Some Disney fans think a prequel to the 2019 remake is unnecessary. Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Someone else said, “Why are they making another movie out of this reboot shit? The first one was emotionless, I can tell this one will be too.”

Some even criticized the timing of the announcement following Queen Elizabeth II’s death, with one noting, “The queen just died and you’re posting this.”

Mufasa: The Lion King It is expected to be released in theaters in 2024.

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