Lion King Prequel Gets Official Title, Footage Shown at D23


Barry Jenkins is heading to Pride Rock. At D23, the acclaimed director of Moonlight took to the stage to officially announce Mustapha: The Lion King, a new prequel to the 2019 Lion King movie.

Originally announced in 2020 as a sequel to the 2019 film, “Mustafa” tells the origin story of Disney’s iconic villain, exploring the forces that turned him into a tragic power-hungry figure. In addition to announcing the title, a preview clip of the film was shown to the audience at the D23 Expo. The film’s release date has yet to be announced.


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