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The Lion King Prequel Casts Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. in Lead Roles as Mufasa and Scar

Disney’s anticipated The Lion King prequel has cast its two leading stars to voice Mufasa and Scar. Waves actor Aaron Pierre and The Trial Of The Chicago 7 performer Kelvin Harrison Jr. have signed on to portray the title character, and his menacing younger brother, whose birth-name is Taka, in the origin story for the studio’s hit 2019 film, Deadline is reporting.

Production is underway on the predecessor to the photorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney’s traditionally animated 1994 movie of the same name. Academy Award-winning Moonlight writer-director Barry Jenkins has taken on the helming duties for the The Lion King franchise from Jon Favreau, who brought the remake to the screen two years ago.

The untitled prequel will delve into the mythology and backstories of the iconic characters from the original Lion King, including Mufasa. Disney is describing the origin story as live-action, and will continue the photorealistic animation technology that Favreau used in his version of the original story. Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the first installment of the remake series, is set to return to pen its prequel.

It was previously announced at Disney’s investor day last year that the music for The Lion King’s origin story will be composed by Hans Zimmer, who also scored the 1994 and 2019 movies. Pharrell, and Succession’s Nicholas Britell will be helping score the prequel with Zimmer, who won Academy and Grammy Awards for the music he created for the original film.

Of the origin story, Jenkins, who previously collaborated with Pierre on The Underground Railroad, previously said, “Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters. Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true.”

The 2019 remake of The Lion King grossed more than $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office during its theatrical run. It surpassed Frozen to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

Karen Benardello
Karen Benardellohttps://cinemadailyus.com
As a life-long fan of films and television shows, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic in 2008. Karen has since been working in the press in New York City, including interviewing film and television casts and crews, writing movie and television news articles and reviewing films and televisions series. Some of her highlights include attending such local events as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and New York Comic-Con, as well as traveling across North America to attend such festivals as the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been a member of the Women Film Critics Circle since 2012, and the New York Film Critics Online since 2019.


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