After the $1.6 billion dollar success of 2019’s The Lion King, Walt Disney Studios has just tapped Oscar winning director Barry Jenkins to direct the follow-up for the hit film. Jenkins is known primarily for his work directing and scripting the 2016 Best Picture film, Moonlight, as well as directing If Beale Street Could Talk.
Even though the details of the second installment of the new The Lion King franchise are relatively unknown, it has been confirmed that Disney will continue to use photo-realistic technology to create the sequel. An insider at Deadline also heard rumors that the story will explore the mythology of the characters, and explore Mufasa’s origin story.
Jenkins said, “Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters...Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true.”
While there have been no confirmations as of yet on the cast, many expect the cast of the 2019 film to make appearances. The last voice cast included: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Billy Eichner, Chance the Rapper, Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, Eric Andre, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, James Earl Jones and Amy Sedaris.
There is currently no release date set, but stay tuned to Stardust for more updates!