MUFASA: THE LION KING CinemaCon Footage Description Teases Unique Origin Story; New Look At Mufasa Revealed

MUFASA: THE LION KING CinemaCon Footage Description Teases Unique Origin Story; New Look At Mufasa Revealed MUFASA: THE LION KING CinemaCon Footage Description Teases Unique Origin Story; New Look At Mufasa Revealed

New footage from Mufasa: The Lion King was showcased at CinemaCon this past week, and along with a description which sheds light on the prequel's story, we have a fresh look at the titular character...

By JoshWilding - Apr 14, 2024 04:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Disney

Disney gave Paramount a run for its money at CinemaCon earlier this week and among the House of Mouse's highlighted projects was the long-awaited prequel to The Lion King, Mufasa

We've known for a while that it will delve into Mufasa and Scar's childhoods, but as director Barry Jenkins put it to those in attendance, "What [is] the director of 'Moonlight' is doing here to tell me about an 8-quadrant legacy film?" 

Well, the filmmaker says it was "one of the best decisions I ever made in my life" and called this a "very personal film," having watched The Lion King over 200 times while babysitting his young nephews. Reading the script, he said it reminded him of what young people do with their emotions and "how they can become great the way they are."

He also called Mufasa"a massive f*cking film, and it was my job to fill it with massive heart."

The teaser largely just showed off the CGI animals and environments but is said to be a marked improvement over the already photorealistic version of The Lion King we saw in theaters back in 2019. Interestingly, a piece of narration seems to turn what we thought we knew about Mufasa on its head...

"This story begins far beyond the mountain and the shadows on the other side of the light. A lion was born without a drop of nobility in his blood, a lion who would change our lives forever."

So, it appears Mufasa wasn't born into royalty and destined to be King, a far cry from how Simba's story played out. Of course, Jenkins first suggested this might be the case when the movie was first unveiled. 

"It’s a story about how Mufasa rose to royalty," he said. "We assume he was just born into his lineage, but Mufasa was actually an orphaned cub who had to navigate the world alone. In telling this story, we get to experience the real journey of how Mufasa found his place in the circle of life."

Starring Aaron Pierre, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Kani, Mufasa: The Lion King arrives in theaters on December 20, later this year. A new look at Mufasa can be seen in the X post below (via

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DTor91 - 4/14/2024, 4:35 AM
You too with the AI…

God, this site just loses credibility by the day.
BritishMonkey - 4/14/2024, 7:03 AM
@DTor91 - When it's led by sensationalist extraordinaire Wilding is it really that surprising?
Ghoul - 4/14/2024, 10:37 AM
@DTor91 - I just posted a comment in another thread about this! It’s like Josh isn’t even trying anymore. The grammar mistakes, the spelling, constantly cutting and pasting nearly identical articles except adding one new useless fact. I never thought this site needed to set the news standard but it’s practically unreadable these days!
Th3Batman - 4/14/2024, 4:47 AM
It looks like any random lion you'd see in the wild.
DenvertheDino - 4/14/2024, 4:55 AM
So which lion is going to be gay and which lion is going to be trans? This is Disney, so they need to fill that quota.
Yeah, I went there.
vectorsigma - 4/14/2024, 5:03 AM
@DenvertheDino - it's Scar for sure
Cass - 4/14/2024, 5:28 AM
@vectorsigma - I think you mean Scarlett.
vectorsigma - 4/14/2024, 7:49 AM
@Cass - lol!
bobevanz - 4/14/2024, 10:14 AM
@DenvertheDino - what a moron.
Yeah, I went there.
Itwasme - 4/14/2024, 12:34 PM
@DenvertheDino - we already know you're fragile, you don't need to keep reminding us.
Razorface1 - 4/14/2024, 1:07 PM
@DenvertheDino - "oh boohoohoo there exist people different than me"
Amaru - 4/14/2024, 1:53 PM
@DenvertheDino - Your life must be so miserable.
Luigi - 4/14/2024, 3:05 PM
@DenvertheDino - I know you're trolling but this site keeps persisting that Disney is making every beloved character trans. Does anybody have an example of this? I feel pretty well-versed in Marvel and Star Wars and I can't think of a single time.
whoknows - 4/14/2024, 3:24 PM
@vectorsigma - scar always been gay, same for jafar. Even as a kid you could tell how effeminate and different they were from adult males I knew around me. So realy would be no big change, it would just be stating the obvious.
BritishMonkey - 4/14/2024, 7:02 AM
You just had to use an AI thumbnail again didn't you?
Origame - 4/14/2024, 7:32 AM I'm guessing the Moana remake has been quietly scrapped? That remake was announced WAY before Moana 2 yet now we're only getting stuff for Moana 2.
CerealKiller1 - 4/14/2024, 7:52 AM
@Origame - Well Moana 2 is being repurposed from a TV show they were makmg, probably a lot further along than literally filming a whole ass movie, hence why it got such a recent release date. Not that crazy that you’re hearing more about that than the live action movie
Origame - 4/14/2024, 8:16 AM
@CerealKiller1 - but we're hearing literally nothing from the remake.

Also, if they want this to be cinema ready and considering they said their goal is quality over quantity, there's no reason we shouldn't be getting anything from the live action yet.
bobevanz - 4/14/2024, 10:13 AM
This movie is so unnecessary, it was only green lit because that hideous remake made 1.6 billion
Itwasme - 4/14/2024, 12:37 PM
@bobevanz - plus the original made over $1bn.

I think its worth looking at that original slate and seeing which films really were successes to understand something like this. The first Lion King made $1bn vs. The Little Mermaid making $300mm worldwide. I think it makes sense that they see lots of potential in this world. I hadn't really looked at how those first films had done before.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/14/2024, 12:42 PM
Are you sure that's not from National Geographic?
Superheromoviefan - 4/14/2024, 1:57 PM
this "realistic" look is [frick]ing trash
Cleander - 4/14/2024, 2:09 PM
Remember this image looks like a pussycat lol!
BlackStar25 - 4/15/2024, 9:23 AM
Forgot Planet of the Apes is Disney now....Damn!

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