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Barry Jenkins On Directing ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ & Advice For Aspiring Directors 

Director Barry Jenkins spoke with Geeks of Color at the D23 Expo!

During our brief chat, we talked to him about why he wanted to take on this project and his love for the character and the original movie. Jenkins also shared some advice he has for any up-and-coming filmmakers who want to achieve their dreams. 

Check out our interview with Barry Jenkins below:

Initially announced in 2020 as a sequel to the 2019 film, Mufasa: The Lion King tells the origin story of the iconic Disney father, exploring his childhood growing up with his brother Scar. The film will feature the voice of Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. as younger versions of the characters, filling in for James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

The prequel to The Lion King won’t release until 2024, but director Barry Jenkins was on hand to show a never-before-seen sneak peek and share a little about the film, which is currently in production. Told in flashbacks—Rafiki, Timon and Pumbaa tell the story of Mufasa to a young lion cub—Mufasa reveals the rise of one of the greatest kings of the Pride Lands. 


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