Everything We Know About the ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ Movie

Everything We Know About the 'Mufasa: The Lion King' Movie

The Lion King is, as everyone knows, one of the most beloved Disney animated features. A true classic, the movie is considered to be one of Disney’s best animated movies. Back in 2019, Disney produced a live-action CGI remake of The Lion King, which turned out to be a solid success for the House of the Mouse, and we know a prequel, titled Mufasa: The Lion King, will premiere later this year. This is a highly anticipated project, which is why we have decided to provide you with a report on the upcoming movie.

In this report, as you might have guessed, we are going to bring you all that we know about the upcoming Mufasa: The Lion King movie in one place. You are going to find out all that we know about the movie’s release date, runtime, plot, trailer, and cast ahead of the upcoming premiere. This will be your go-to guide for all the info in one place, as the article is going to be updated regularly as more information is released.

Mufasa: The Lion King release date

The film was initially announced back in 2020 when Disney confirmed that Barry Jenkins would be directing a prequel follow-up to the CGI/live-action adaptation of The Lion King. The film was officially revealed in 2022, with filming taking place the following year, and we can confirm that the Mufasa: The Lion King movie will officially premiere in theaters around the world on December 20, 2024, as an early Christmas gift for the fans.

How long is the Mufasa: The Lion King movie?

The runtime of a movie is always an important piece of information for fans, which is why everyone is eager to know how long a movie is going to be before they actually go and see it. As far as Mufasa: The Lion King is concerned, it has officially been confirmed that the film is 119 minutes (1 hours and 59 minutes) long, which will definitely give enough time to evolve the story properly.

Mufasa: The Lion King trailer

With the movie already announced and the premiere date closing in, there is a trailer for the Mufasa: The Lion King movie. All available video materials can be seen on Disney’s official YouTube channel, but we are going to bring you the movie’s latest official teaser trailer here as well if you want to check it out before looking at the rest on YouTube. Here it is:

Mufasa: The Lion King plot

The precise premise of the upcoming Mufasa: The Lion King movie is not known, but Disney has released an official short teaser synopsis for the upcoming movie, and here is what they have revealed: ““Mufasa: The Lion King” enlists Rafiki to relay the legend of Mufasa to young lion cub Kiara, daughter of Simba and Nala, with Timon and Pumbaa lending their signature schtick. Told in flashbacks, the story introduces Mufasa as an orphaned cub, lost and alone until he meets a sympathetic lion named Taka—the heir to a royal bloodline. The chance meeting sets in motion an expansive journey of an extraordinary group of misfits searching for their destiny—their bonds will be tested as they work together to evade a threatening and deadly foe.

Mufasa: The Lion King cast

With the movie approaching its premiere, the majority of the cast members have been revealed. As fans of the franchise will know, many familiar characters will appear in the movie, but there will be some new ones as well. Here is the full official list as of the time of writing:

  • Confirmed roles: Aaron Pierre as Mufasa, Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Taka, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Kani as Rafiki, Kagiso Lediga as young Rafiki, Tiffany Boone as Sarabi, Preston Nyman as Zazu, Mads Mikkelsen as Kiros, Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Thandiwe Newton as Eshe, Lennie James as Obasi, Keith David as Masego, Anika Noni Rose as Afia, Blue Ivy Carter as Kiara
  • Undisclosed roles: Braelyn Rankins, Theo Somolu, Folake Olowofoyeku, Joanna Jones, Thuso Mbedu, Sheila Atim, Abdul Salis, Dominique Jennings

Where to watch the Mufasa: The Lion King movie?

The movie will be, initially, exclusively released in theaters and since it is a Disney production, it will be available for streaming on Disney+ at a later date. Disney+ is also the only place where you can stream the other Lion King movies and series as well.


As we have said, this article is going to be regularly updated as new information comes to light. This article was last updated on May 8, 2024 with all the accurate information as of that date.

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