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Untitled prequel film
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Barry Jenkins


   Adele Romanski
   Mark Ceryak


Jeff Nathanson


   Hans Zimmer
   Pharrell Williams
   Nicholas Britell

Preceded by

The Lion King

Kings aren't just born, they aren't just made. They have to become who they are through a series of events that a lot of people can relate to.
Barry Jenkins[1]

The untitled prequel to the 2019 CGI-animated remake of The Lion King is an upcoming film directed by Barry Jenkins. It will be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.




. . . And as I kept reading, I got further away from the side of my brain that said, “Oh, a filmmaker like you doesn’t make a film like this,” and allowed myself to get to the place where these characters, this story, is amazing. What really pushed me across the line was James, my DP, said, “You know what? There’s something really interesting in this mode of filmmaking that we haven’t done and that not many people have done.” That was when I went back to the powers that be and said, “I would love to do this, but I’ve got to be able to do what I do.” And they said yes!
Barry Jenkins on directing the film[2]

The film was officially announced by Deadline Hollywood on September 29, 2020. It was reported that Barry Jenkins will serve as director, Jeff Nathanson will reprise his role as writer, and Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak will serve as producers. The sequel's story will expand on the franchise's mythology and explore Mufasa's origins while still featuring an adventure set in the present, in a structure similar to that of The Godfather Part II. A release date has yet to be announced.[3]

On May 8, 2021, it was announced that the working title of the film was Wonderwall. It was also announced that production for the film would officially begin in Los Angeles on September 6, 2021.[2]


On May 8, 2021, it was announced that Disney was having a casting call for actors to play young Mufasa and Scar.[2] In addition, it was revealed that seven new characters would be added to the cast: Adah, Horatio, Elijah, Celia, Kaliban, Cardi, and Zola.[2] On August 26, 2021, it was announced that Aaron Pierre had been cast as a young Mufasa, while Kelvin Harrison Jr. had been cast as a young Taka.[4]

Visual effects

MPC Film announced on December 9, 2020, that they will be returning to provide the VFX effects for the prequel.[5]


On December 10, 2020, it was announced that the soundtrack will be composed by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, and Nicholas Britell.[6]


  1. Charlie Ridgely (March 6, 2022). The Lion King Prequel Director Barry Jenkins Drops Major Tease for New Movie. Retrieved on March 9, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Skyler Shuler (May 8, 2021). ‘The Lion King’ Sequel to Feature Multiple New Characters. The DisInsider. Retrieved on May 12, 2021.
  3. Fleming Jr., Mike (September 29, 2020). 'The Lion King' Followup Set With 'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins To Helm For Walt Disney Studios. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on September 29, 2020.
  4. ‘The Lion King’ Prequel: Kelvin Harrison Jr. & Aaron Pierre To Lead Cast For Disney & Barry Jenkins. Deadline. Retrieved on August 26, 2021.
  5. MPC Film on Twitter. Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved on December 17, 2020.
  6. Lindsay Weinberg (December 10, 2020). Disney Drops Major Updates on Live-Action Remakes: A Lion King Prequel, Pinocchio and More. E! Online. NBCUniversal Media. Retrieved on December 10, 2020.