Okay so we got the inside scoop on the Lion King prequel 'Mufasa' and I am CRYING

Okay so we got the inside scoop on the Lion King prequel 'Mufasa' and I am CRYING

Hakuna-my-God-damn-Tata it looks so great!

One of the most beloved Disney films of all time is getting a live-action prequel, and Hakuna-my-God-damn-Tata it looks so great. 

Disney formally announced the title of 'Mufasa: The Lion King' at the D23 Expo 2022, which, humble brag, The Edge was invited to attend. 

As well as hearing about the flick from the film's director, Barry Jenkins (who directed Oscar-winning flick 'Moonlight', BTW), we got to see an exclusive teaser of the movie and goosebumps doesn't even begin to cover it. 

The origin story of the OG King of Pride Rock explores his childhood growing up with his brother Scar, who - fun fact - was originally named Taka, because who names their cub Scar? 

Of course, old mate Rafiki shows us the way, telling the tale of Mufasa to some young cubs. 

"In this place, a lion was born without a drop of nobility in his blood,” Rafiki narrates. “The lion who would change our lives forever.”

Here's the tea, guys, Mufasa was not originally born into royalty - in fact, he was an orphan. Does this not make his rise to king all the more impressive? 

Director Barry Jenkins told us that the story is told "over two time frames" and explained the reason he was so keen to make the film is because he watched the videotape of the original 1994 'Lion King' "about 97 times" and honestly? Same. 

Also, if you were at all worried, Timon and Pumba do feature - although it almost seemed like they weren't going to. 

 “Wait wait wait, am I not in this story?" Timon says after the final title frame. "I don’t feel seen.”

'Mufasa' is due to hit cinemas in 2024.