Beyoncé's forthcoming visual album, Black Is King, will be released in a matter of hours, and although she's shared stunning teasers of the resplendent wardrobe, choreography, and sets, nothing will compare to experiencing the full work in all its glory. Originally filmed as a companion piece to her album The Lion King: The Gift, the project will hit Disney+ on July 31, a little more than a year after the Lion King remake, in which Beyoncé voiced Nala, premiered. Look out for the new release from 8am on Saturday 1 August (in the UK) on the platform.
While announcing the visual project last month, Beyoncé called Black Is King a "labour of love" that she spent "filming, researching and editing day and night for the past year". Though it was originally intended for The Lion King's 2019 release, the artist pointed out the significance of releasing the work this summer, in the wake of a national reckoning against racism and police brutality.
"The events of 2020 have made the film's vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey," Beyoncé wrote on Instagram. "We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change. I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books."
She added, "With this visual album, I wanted to present elements of Black history and African tradition, with a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy."
How to Watch
Black Is King will be streaming exclusively on Disney+ starting 1 Aug at 8am BST.
You can watch it only if you have a subscription to the platform. Subscribing costs £5.99 per month, or £59 per year. Viewers can access Disney+ online via their browsers or via the app on smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and game consoles. View the full list here.
Though Beyoncé contributes enough star power to Black Is King on her own, she recruited some famous friends to make cameos, including her Destiny's Child bandmate and close friend Kelly Rowland; mother, Tina Knowles Lawson; husband, Jay-Z; actress Lupita Nyong'o; and models Naomi Campbell and Adut Akech.
Watch the full trailer for Black Is King above and be sure to tune in on 1 August.
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