Disney has unveiled the trailer for “Mufasa: The Lion King,” a prequel to the 2019 blockbuster live-action Lion King. But what’s got everyone talking is the addition of a young star to the cast – none other than Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of the queen herself, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

Directed by Barry Jenkins, “Mufasa” promises to delve deep into the origins of the iconic lion king. The film traces Mufasa’s journey from his cub days alongside his brother Scar, voiced by Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. respectively.


Making her debut is newcomer Blue Ivy Carter, who steps into the role of Kiara, the daughter of Simba and Nala.

Director Jenkins didn’t hesitate when it came to casting Blue. He first discovered her undeniable talent when she lent her voice to the audiobook for Matthew A. Cherry’s “Hair Love.”

Impressed by Blue’s talent, Jenkins couldn’t resist the opportunity to have both Queen Bey and her princess share the screen, even if they’re animated lions.

“Watching [Beyoncé] coexist with her daughter, and just how lovely and gentle and encouraging she is was really special,” Jenkins tells EmpireOnline . “I think it bled into the performances they gave as well. I think this will be this really beautiful time capsule for the two of them, at this moment when they get to share this part of their relationship as these characters.”

Fans of the 2019 film will be delighted to see familiar voices returning, including Beyoncé reprising her role as Nala, alongside Donald Glover as Simba, John Kani as Rafiki, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner as Timon.

Photo: Beyonce’s Instagram

With an all-star cast and a talented crew, “Mufasa” promises to be a visual and auditory treat. The film features original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, joining forces with Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, and Nicholas Britell to create a captivating musical experience.

The trailer also offers a glimpse of South African music legend Lebo M’s vocals from the original film’s “Circle of Life.”

Mark your calendars! “Mufasa: The Lion King” roars into theaters on December 20th, 2024.

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