Disney is currently working on a follow-up film to 2019’s live-action “The Lion King” with Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) attached to direct. Not too much is known about the film so far except that the plot will further explore the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa’s origin story.
Casting has already begun for the film and insider Daniel Richtman is reporting that the studio is looking to cast two familiar characters and several new characters. Disney is said to be looking for actors to play the roles of young Scar and Mufasa. For both of these characters, the studio is looking for young actors to play the characters between the ages of 8 and 13. This would seemingly confirm the story being about Mufasa’s origins.
The studio is also casting for brand new characters not previously shown in The Lion King films. The characters are as follows, Adah, Horatio, Elijah, Celia, Kaliban, Cardi, and Zola. The production grid states they are looking for a mix of American and British accents for the role, but provide no additional information on the characters.
Jeff Nathanson, who scripted the last installment, is returning and the initial draft of the script is already completed. Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak are producing.
Disney hasn’t announced a release date for the sequel, but this will likely be a theatrical release and not made for Disney+.