Mufasa: The Lion King Release Date 2024 – Cast, Latest News, Plot, Box Office Collection, and OTT

DirectorBarry Jenkins
WriterJeff Nathanson
Production CompaniesWalt Disney Pictures, and Pastel Productions
CastAaron Pierre, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Kani
Based OnDisney’s The Lion King by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton
MusicHans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Nicholas Britell
DistributorWalt Disney Studios, and Motion Pictures
Release DateDecember 20, 2024
CountryUnited States

Mufasa: The Lion King is an amazing live-action movie that is all set to take you on an adventure of a lifetime. The iconic Mufasa and his friends will be back, defining the rules of pride rock.

The film is a prequel to Disney’s classic movie “The Lion King” which was released in 2019. It was announced in September 2020, when the production team roped in Barry Jenkins to direct the film.

Mufasa: The Lion King will be released in theaters on December 20, 2024. Earlier, it was scheduled for release on July 5, 2024. However, it got delayed due to the SAG-AFTRA strike.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced that Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. will voice the characters of Mufasa and Scar respectively. It will be interesting to know how young Mufasa will look and how he will compete against the rebel scar to become the lion king. 

Latest news about Mufasa: The Lion King

The latest news about this film comes from the Hollywood handle; they reported that the plot of Mufasa: The Lion King involves Rafiki telling the story of Mufasa to his granddaughter, Kiara.

This will be her first appearance in the movie series since The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. Another piece of news is that the movie will clash with “Sonic the Hedgehog 3” at the box office. Movie critics are waiting to see which movie will have the upper hand in terms of earnings.

Mufasa: The Lion King Release Date 2024

It is confirmed that Mufasa: The Lion King will be released on Friday, December 20, 2024. The release was postponed by 6 months when production got delayed due to a 118-day-long SAG-AFTRA strike.

Film Director

Barry Jenkins is confirmed to direct Mufasa: The Lion King. He is an Academy Award-winning director who has created films like Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk.

He has also won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. However, he will not write the screenplay for Mufasa: The Lion King. Instead, he will direct based on the screenplay written by Jeff Nathanson.

The previous director of this series, Jon Favreau, is not associated with Mufasa: The Lion King. It is so because Favreau is currently focused on his Star Wars series, “The Mandalorian”. 

Although Jenkins is a seasoned director, he has never worked on a virtual-reality movie series like The Lion King.

Mufasa: The Lion King Cast

The major star cast for Mufasa: The Lion King has been finalized by the makers.

  • Aaron Pierre as Mufasa – English actor Aaron Pierre will give the voice to the character of Mufasa. Recently, he won the Canadian Screen Award for the best-supporting performance in a film for the movie “Brother”.
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Scar – Scar, is the villain of this series. Kelvin Harrison Jr. who is best known for his performance as Travis in the 2017 horror film It Comes at Night, will give the voice to Scar.
  • Seth Rogen as Pumbaa – Seth is a renowned comedian.
  • Billy Eichner as Timon
  • John Kani as Rafiki

Expected Plot

The plot of Mufasa: The Lion King is not yet clear. However, it is known that it will be based on the backstory of Mufasa and his brother. In an interview, Kelvin Harrion Jr. said that the movie will portray scar in a “hilarious and very, very spicy” way.

It will also show how the young and sweet Scar’s relationship with his brother Mufasa evolves over time.   


Nicholas Britell is the composer of the film who created the score for the film’s soundtrack. Apart from Britell, music producers Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams are also associated with the project.

Trailer and Teasers

The official trailer for Mufasa: The Lion King is yet to be released. However, Disney dropped a teaser during the Disney and Pixar panel at the 2022 D23 Expo. The brief clip contained familiar characters like Mufasa, Scar, and more. It also gave us a hint that the movie might be slightly different from other prequels.

Box Office Collection

Mufasa: The Lion King is expected to do well at the box office. The film has a nostalgic appeal, which will surely attract a wide audience.

The earlier installment of this series, “The Lion King” was able to garner over $1.6 billion worldwide. It is safe to say that Mufasa: The Lion King will surely beat that record. The filmmakers have a lot at stake in this movie because of its high budget.

OTT Release

If you have plans to watch Mufasa: The Lion King on OTT, then you will have to wait. The film will hit theaters in December 2024. We are not expecting an OTT release before July 2025. Stay tuned for more updates on its OTT release.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mufasa: The Lion King a sequel or a prequel?

It is a prequel to the classic movie “The Lion King”.

Who is Mufasa?

Mufasa is a wise and noble king of the Pride Lands.

Mufasa is a wise and noble king of the Pride Lands.

Barry Jenkins

Is Mufasa: The Lion King a live-action or animated film?

Is Mufasa: The Lion King a live-action or animated film?

Are there any new characters introduced in Mufasa: The Lion King?

Are there any new characters introduced in Mufasa: The Lion King?

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