Queen Bee is coming in hot to Disney+ with the confirmation that Beyoncé will launch the upcoming visual album BLACK IS KING — a new film based on the music of THE LION KING: THE GIFT — on July 31, 2020.
A new teaser video dropped on her official site gives a first look at the upcoming release. Beyoncé writes, directs, and executive produces the new work created by Parkwood Entertainment, in association with Disney+. Additional details on the project are provided below, courtesy of Disney.
Based on the music of “The Lion King: The Gift,” and starring the album’s featured artists and some special guest appearances, BLACK IS KING is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience. Videos for “My Power,” “Mood 4 Eva,” and “Brown Skin Girl” are extravagances of elegance and soul. The film is a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.
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.
See it for Yourself
BLACK IS KING premieres globally on Disney+ on July 31, 2020.
The release arrive on the tail of the one-year anniversary of the release of Disney’s global phenomenon THE LION KING.