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Beyoncé is bringing a new visual album to Disney+.
The singer has written, directed and executive produced Black Is King, which will debut globally on the streaming service on July 31, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the release of Disney’s The Lion King remake.
The visual album from Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment, in association with Disney+, is set to reimagine the lessons of The Lion King for “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.”
The film will honor “the voyages of Black families, throughout time” in a story “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,” Disney and Parkwood said in a statement.
“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 statement added.
Black Is King will be based on music from The Lion King: The Gift, curated by Beyoncé, and will star the album’s featured artists along with some special guest appearances. The album features Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter, among others. The film has been in production for a year.
Watch the full trailer below.
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) July 19, 2020
July 19, 7 a.m. Updated with new trailer.
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