“Black Is King, 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 global phenomenon, The Lion King,” the official description says. “The film reimagines the lessons from the 2019 blockbuster for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.” Bey has also written, produced, and will star in the forthcoming project.
In an Instagram post from last month, Beyonce described the project as “a labor of love.” “It is my passion project that I have been filming, researching, and editing day and night for the past year. I’ve given it my all and now it’s yours. It was originally filmed as a companion piece to The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry. I could never have imagined that a year later, all the hard work that went into this production would serve a greater purpose.”
Bey previously released a companion album for the film called The Lion King: The Gift, and later shared a documentary called Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift, which focused on her development and curation process for the project. Recently, the artist released a Juneteenth-specific track entitled “Black Parade.” She’s also recently partnered with the NAACP to support small black-owned businesses.
Black Is King will arrive on Disney+ July 31.
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