Blue Ivy Carter to Join Beyonce in ‘Mufasa:The Lion King’

Blue Ivy Carter has been cast as Kiara in ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’.

The 12-year-old star will voice the daughter of her real-life mother Beyonce’s character Nala in the highly anticipated Disney prequel.

The first trailer was released on Monday (29/04/24.) confirming Blue Ivy as Nala (Beyonce) and Simba’s (Donald Glover) daughter Kiara.

The story will be told through the lens of Simba, Timon (Billy Eichner), and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen), while John Kani will reprise his role as Rafiki with Kagiso Lediga voicing a young version of the mandrill.

Director Barry Jenkins has explained the decision to cast Blue Ivy in the movie, and noted he first realized her vocal talents in the audiobook for Matt A. Cherry’s ‘Hair Love’.

During an interview with Empire magazine, he said, “She did an absolutely amazing job. She just felt like this really curious young person. Watching [Beyoncé] coexist with her daughter, and just how lovely and gentle and encouraging she is was really special. 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.”

Jenkins revealed that the upcoming movie “exists in parallel timelines” by focusing on Musafa in the past, and Kiara in the present day, in a similar vein to the 1998 direct-to-video animated sequel ‘The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride’.

‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ will hit the big screen on December 20, 2024.


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