The Queen B has dropped a trailer for Black is King, which is coming soon to Disney+!
Yesterday, Parkwood Entertainment and Disney+ released the new trailer and poster for Black Is King, a visual album by 24-time Grammy winner Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, which will premiere globally on July 31, 2020 on Disney+. The new visual based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, will premiere two weeks after the one-year anniversary of the theatrical release of Disney’s “live action”, The Lion King. The new movie reimagines the lessons from the 2019 blockbuster for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.
Included in the announcement, a distribution deal was announced to make Black Is King available on much of the African Continent, including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon, Liberia, Burundi, Senegal, Togo, Somalia, Benin, Congo, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Gabon, Cape Verde and many more countries through MultiChoice Group’s M-Net and Canal+ Afrique.
Black Is King has been in production since the theatrical release of The Lion King and features an impressive list of diverse voices on its creative team, including directors Emmanuel Adjei (the film Shahmaran), Blitz Bazawule (the film The Burial of Kojo), Jenn Nkiru (Black to Techno film), Dikayl Rimmasch (Cachao, Uno Mas film), Ibra Ake (creative director and producer on “This is America” video for Childish Gambino) and co-director and long-time collaborator of Beyoncé, Kwasi Fordjour. Even a couple directors from a few of Beyoncé’s iconic music videos; Jake Nava (“Crazy in Love”, “Single Ladies”, “Partition”), and Pierre Debusschere (“Mine” and “Ghost”).
The list of additional co-directors and second unit directors adds to the crew’s diverse and global representation, including Dafe Oboro, Julian Klincewicz, Derek Milton, Meji Alabi, Joshua Kissi, Alexandre Moors and Deon Van Zyl.
Filmed in various locations around the world, the visual album’s cinematography captures beautiful people and landscapes across continents, starting in New York, then Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium. From all those places came an extraordinary cast of actors and dancers that influenced the visual album’s rich imagery and vibrant choreography.
The new trailer provides a glimpse of some of the special guests in the film. They include models Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech, supermodel Naomi Campbell, Beyoncés mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, author and Academy Award-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o, singer Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, among others. Many artists featured on The Lion King: The Gift album also make appearances.
A celebratory memoir for the world on the black experience, Black Is King includes full-length videos for the songs “Already,” “Brown Skin Girl,” “Mood 4 Eva” and “My Power,” which is heard in the new trailer.