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As longtime Lion King fans count down the days until “Mufasa: The Lion King” hits big screens, South Africans can feel an extra dose of pride in knowing that locals talents are part of the cast and music!


Global, South Africa (05 May 2024)—The countdown until “Mufasa: The Lion King” hits screens has already begun, with fans all over the world ready and waiting to go on a journey back into the Pride Lands, this time to follow in Mufasa’s legendary pawsteps.

While much of the casting headlines have focused on names like Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Carter, South Africans might be thrilled to know that local stars will also be a part of taking us through Mufasa’s epic story!

South Africans John Kani, Thuso Mbedu and Kagiso Lediga are all part of the cast; lending their voices to the film in main and supporting roles.

John Kani will bring Rafiki to life again as he did for the 2019 Lion King Live Action, while Kagiso Lediga will play a young Rafiki. Thuso Mbedu is set to form part of the additional castings crew, as announced by Disney Studios.

Seeing and hearing that South Africans will be a part of a story so loved by Africans everywhere is a proud moment for our country, and further testament to our creative talents taking the world by storm!

What is “Mufasa: The Lion King” About?

Through a series of flashbacks, audiences will get to immerse themselves in the journey of Mufasa as the king’s origins unfold from his beginnings an orphaned cub to the legendary figure beloved around the world. The story of resilience, friendship and heart is set to be told by Rafiki, Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Donald Glover) against a backdrop of a musical odyssey spearheaded by songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and another local name, South African composer Lebo M.

When is the Film Set to Hit Screens?

“Mufasa: The Lion King” is scheduled to showcase on 20 December.

Watch the Trailer!

Sources: Disney Studios; GTG 
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