Take a look at the trailer that’s arrived for Black is King, the upcoming visual album from Beyoncé Knowles-Carter set for a Disney+ release later this month.
Apart from obviously featuring Beyoncé’s music, the work also has the artist starring and credited as writer, co-director and executive producer. It’s based on The Lion King: The Gift, the Beyoncé-curated soundtrack album for the 2019 Lion King remake (she earned a Golden Globe nomination for the film’s song “Spirit”), and tells the story of a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. As the synopsis below reads, “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.”
Take a look at the visually-striking trailer for Black is King, which also features appearances by Jay-Z and Lupita Nyong’o, among others. It will be streaming on Disney+ from July 31st.
Official synopsis for Black is King:
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 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. 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.