The first full trailer and key art for Beyoncé’s upcoming Black Is King film is out. The so-called “visual album” will be streaming on Disney+ starting July 31.
Black Is King is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, and premieres two weeks after the one-year anniversary of the theatrical release of Disney’s The Lion King. The film reimagines the lessons from the 2019 film. A teaser trailer was previously issued to tout its upcoming release.
Concurrent with the trailer and key art release, 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, and Cape Verde through MultiChoice Group’s M-Net and Canal+ Afrique.
Black Is King has a long list of directors, including Emmanuel Adjei (the film Shahmaran), Blitz Bazawule (The Burial of Kojo), Pierre Debusschere (Mine and Ghost videos for Beyoncé), Jenn Nkiru (Black to Techno), Ibra Ake (creative director and producer on This is America video for Childish Gambino), Dikayl Rimmasch (Cachao, Uno Mas), Jake Nava (Crazy in Love, Single Ladies, Partition videos for Beyoncé) and co-director and long-time collaborator Kwasi Fordjour.
Co-directors and second unit directors include Dafe Oboro, Julian Klincewicz, Derek Milton, Meji Alabi, Joshua Kissi, Alexandre Moors and Deon Van Zyl.
The new trailer includes models Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech, supermodel Naomi Campbell, 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.
Black Is King includes full-length videos for the songs Already, Brown Skin Girl, Mood 4 Eva and My Power.