After a teaser surfaced on social media on Saturday, Parkwood Entertainment, in association with Disney+ has officially announced Beyoncé’s visual album, Black Is King. The streaming service has also released a teaser trailer. The film is written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé. It will premiere globally on Disney+ on July 31, 2020.
According to Disney+, This visual album from Beyoncé reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns. The film was in production for one year with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity. The voyages of Black families, throughout time, are honored in a tale about a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. His ancestors help guide him toward his destiny, and with his father’s teachings and guidance from his childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne. These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power. Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.
The film is based on the music from The Lion King: The Gift. It will also star the album’s featured artists and some special guest appearances.
Watch the trailer below: