Beyoncé’s latest visual album, Black Is King, is almost here and the 24-time Grammy winner just released a trailer for it.
Black Is King is based on The Lion King: The Gift, the soundtrack for the Disney movie that debuted last year. Beyoncé curated and executive produced the soundtrack, which features her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, Jessie Reyez, and other artists. The visual album was filmed in New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London, and Belgium.
According to the press release, Black Is King will reimagine the lessons from the Disney film for “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.”
“You, who were formed by the heat of the galaxy, what a thing to be. Both unique and familiar. To be one and the same. And still unlike any other,” Beyoncé says in the trailer. “Life is a set of choices. Lead or be led astray. Follow your light or lose it.”
The trailer uses imagery and quotes from The Lion King and the style and cinematography matches the singer’s “Spirit” music video from the film’s soundtrack.
Lupita Nyong’o, Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, Naomi Campbell, Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé’s mom Tina Knowles-Lawson, and other artists from The Gift are set to appear in Black Is King.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to watch the album’s release on Disney Plus on July 31.