‘The Lion King’ Prequel Adds Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Aaron Pierre in Leading Roles

The prequel to the 2019 live-action remake of “The Lion King” has cast its lead roles, with Aaron Pierre (“Old”) voicing Mufasa and Kelvin Harrison Jr. (“Waves”) voicing Scar.

According to Deadline, The movie will follow the brothers in their youth, back when Harrison Jr.’s Scar was known as Taka. More details about the plot have yet to be released. Writer Jeff Nathanson is returning, and the film will be directed by Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”).

This will be the first theatrical chapter in the franchise where the role of Mufasa has not been voiced by James Earl Jones. Jones shares the role with Gary Anthony Williams in Disney Jr.’s “The Lion Guard,” but neither actor has been tied to the new film.

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