Aaron Pierre is starring in “Mufasa” because the titular king-in-the-making, having beforehand labored with Barry Jenkins on his unbelievable historic drama collection “The Underground Railroad.” Pierre additionally performed Malcolm X within the “Genius” anthology collection, starred as Dev-Em within the Superman prequel collection “Krypton,” impressed in Clement Virgo’s drama “Brother,” and performed the somewhat memorably-named rapper Mid-Sized Sedan in M. Evening Shyamalan’s “Outdated.” You can, in different phrases, name him a expertise to be careful for.
Talking of up-and-comers, Kelvin Harrison Jr. is lending his personal voice to “Mufasa” because the younger model of Taka/Scar. Harrison rapidly made a reputation for himself along with his breakout performances in Trey Edward Shults’ horror movie “It Comes at Evening” and Julius Onah’s dramatic thriller “Luce.” He additionally confirmed off his musical chops as Christian de Neuvillette in Joe Wright’s “Cyrano” and shined because the French musical extraordinaire Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges within the biopic “Chevalier.”
In the meantime, John Kani will reprise his function as Rafiki from the 2019 “Lion King” in “Mufasa,” with Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner additionally returning to voice Pumbaa and Timon. Thoughts you, these three characters are solely actually anticipated to perform because the movie’s narrators with minimal display screen time, lest anybody suppose we’re getting a live-action model of “The Lion King 1½” (itself a “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Useless”-style spin on “The Lion King,” consistent with the property’s Shakespearean influences).