While it was announced during D23 that Lions King prequel Mufasa would release in 2024, we now know the exact date. Disney announced today that Mufasa the release date is July 5, 2024. It will be released exclusively in theaters.
Mufasa will star Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. as voice actors for younger versions of Mufasa and his brother Scar. The prequel will explore the character’s childhood. Footage was shown at D23 of Rafiki narrating the story and telling a group of kids how Mufasa became the king of Pride Rock.
The 2019s Lions King was a smash hit despite a lukewarm reception from critics and fans, grossing over $1.6 billion at the box office. The film starred a star-studded cast including Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as the future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Dream girlsvisual album “Lemonade”) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars History, Field of dreams) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, among many other stars.
Director Barry Jenkins is attached to direct the film. Jenkins previously directed Moonlightwhich was released to critics, and If Beale Street could talk.