Written by Monika Barton
One of the most loved Disney films to exist is getting a live-action prequel, and Hakuna-my-Tata it looks so good!
Disney officially announced the title of 'Mufasa: The Lion King' at the D23 Expo 2022, which, humble brag, I was invited to attend to rep the MoreFm team.
As well as hearing about the film from the flick's director, Barry Jenkins (who directed Oscar-winning flick 'Moonlight'), we got to see a super exclusive teaser of the movie and the chills I got were unbelievable.
The origin story of the original King of Pride Rock explores a young Mufasa growing up with his evil brother Scar, who - fun fact - was originally named Taka, because who names their cub Scar just for fun?
Of course, our friend Rafiki takes us on the journey, telling the tale of the King to some young lion cubs.
"In this place, a lion was born without a drop of nobility in his blood,” Rafiki narrates. “The lion who would change our lives forever.”
Here is the inside scoop, Mufasa wasn’t actually born into his royalty - in fact, he grew up as an orphan. Does this not make his rise to king even more intriguing?
Director Barry Jenkins told us that the story is told "over two time frames" and explained the reason he was so keen to make the film is because he watched the video tape of the original 1994 'Lion King' "about 97 times" and honestly? Same.
Also, if you were at all worried, Timon and Pumba do feature - although it almost seemed like they weren't going to.
“Wait wait wait, am I not in this story?" Timon says after the final title frame. "I don’t feel seen.”
'Mufasa' is due to hit cinemas in 2024.