Thuso Mbedu

Thuso Mbedu. Image via Instagram @thuso.mbedu

Thuso Mbedu secures role in ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’

Award-winning actress Thuso Mbedu will star alongside John Kani and Kagiso Lediga in ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’.

Thuso Mbedu

Thuso Mbedu. Image via Instagram @thuso.mbedu

South African actress Thuso Mbedu has secured a role in Disney’s upcoming film Mufasa: The Lion King.


Sunday World reports that Thuso Mbedu will star alongside legendary actor John Kani as well as comedian Kagiso Lediga in Mufasa: Lion King.

Comedian and actor Lediga will portray the character of the young Rafiki, while Kani portrays the older Rafiki.

The award-winning actress Thuso Mbedu will play one of the additional voices in the film.

Actors Aaron Pierre will star as Mufasa, Thandiwe Newton will play Taka’s mother, Eshe while Anika Noni Rose will play Mufasa’s mother, Afia.

Donald Glover will play Simba while Blue Ivy Carter plays Kiara, the daughter of King Simba and Queen Nala.

Musician and actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will portray the character of Nala.

Additional casting includes Braelyn Rankins, Theo Somolu, Folake Olowofoyeku, Joanna Jones, Sheila Atim, Abdul Salis and Dominique Jennings.


Walt Disney unveils a first look at Mufasa: The Lion King, the new film starring Thuso Mbedu, Beyonce, Blue Ivy and many more stars.

Mufasa: The Lion King enlists Rafiki to relay the legend of Mufasa to young lion cub Kiara, daughter of Simba and Nala, with Timon and Pumbaa lending their signature schtick.

The story introduces Mufasa as an orphaned cub, lost and alone until he meets a sympathetic lion named Taka. The heir to a royal bloodline. The chance meeting sets in motion an expansive journey of an extraordinary group of misfits searching for their destiny. Their bonds will be tested as they work together to evade a threatening and deadly foe.

Award-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda is writing the film’s songs, produced by Mark Mancina and Miranda, with additional music and performances by South Africa’s Lebo M.

The film is coming to theaters 20 December and explores the unlikely rise of the beloved king of the Pride Lands.


@TeejayMcFly: “Not a fan of the photorealistic look of the animals (you can’t really show facial emotion if they look too real). But: very interested in hearing the story of Mufasa and Scar. Especially since I’m sure we’ll see the turning point of their relationship. Scar is one of the goats!”

@hisfilmthoughts: “Are we retconning Mufasa’s history? I thought he told Simba he comes from a long line of kings.”

@dotNetOverlord: “Nope, should have been a cartoon, emotion is not conveyed well enough on this CGI.”

@BJ1186817731568: “The CGI already looks bad for a movie made 10 years ago. The movements are unnatural and jerky. The characters don’t fit cleanly against the background. Not gonna waste money on this dog poo. More Disney trash.”

@LamenBeastArt: “Really, The Lion King is one of Disney’s most iconic 2D animations in the world. You all missed the opportunity to make this film as a 2D animation for the new generations because you all insist on this ugly 3D live action thing.”