“Black Is King”, written, directed and produced by Beyoncé, will premiere on Disney Plus on July 31, 2020. It will be released just after the one year anniversary of the release of Disney’s reboot “The Lion King” , in which Queen Bey expressed Nala.
“Black Is King” trailer released Saturday night beyonce.com.
The visual album is based on music from “The Lion King: The Gift” and features the artists of the album and some special appearances.
“‘Black Is King’ is a memorial to the world celebrating the experience of black people,” said Disney and Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment when announcing the film. “The film is a story for the ages that informs and reconstructs the present. A meeting of shared generational cultures and beliefs. A story of how the most broken people have an extraordinary gift and a meaningful future.
According to the companies, Beyoncé’s visual album reinvents the lessons of the “Lion King” for “the young kings and queens of today in search of their own crowns”. The film had been in production for a year with a cast and a team that represent “diversity and connectivity,” according to Disney.
“Black Is King” pays tribute to the journeys of black families through time. The visual album tells the story of the “transcendent journey of a young king through betrayal, love and self-identity”. His ancestors help him to move towards his destiny, and thanks to the teachings of his father and the advice of his childhood love, he gains the virtues necessary to recover his house and his throne.
“These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through the dark voices of today, now seated in their own power,” said the announcement. “’Black Is King’ is the assertion of a great goal, with lush visuals that celebrate black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and the excellence of black people. “