SA actors in ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’

Kagiso Lediga, Thuso Mbedu and Dr John Kani. Photo: X and Instagram

South Africa will be represented by Thuso Mbedu, John Kani and Kagiso Lediga in Disney’s ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’.

The first trailer of the star-studded cast of ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ was released last week.

The story will be told through the lens of Simba, Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen), while Kani will reprise his role as Rafiki with Lediga voicing a young version of the mandrill.

United States-based actress Mbedu has been very successful in her transition to international shores, starring in top productions such as ‘The Woman King’.

Top composer Lebo M will feature new songs in the film with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the producer with a history of working on the music of ‘The Lion King’.

Blue Ivy Carter (12) has been cast as Kiara in ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’.

The star will voice the daughter of her real-life mother, Beyonce’s character Nala, in the highly anticipated Disney prequel, revealing how Mufasa (Aaron Pierre) became the king of the Pride Lands.

In terms of the upcoming movie’s plot, director Barry Jenkins has revealed that it “exists in parallel timelines” by focusing on Mufasa in the past, and Kiara in the present – in a similar vein as ‘The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride’.

“There’s some stuff from the canon that is very much referenced or alluded to, but it’s its own thing,” he says.

‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ will hit the big screen on 20 December. – IOL Entertainment

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