Beyoncé will be releasing a visual album called “Black Is King” on Disney+, inspired by “The Lion King: The Gift.”
“Black Is King is a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience,” Disney and Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment said in a statement. “The film is a story for the ages that informs and rebuilds the present. A reunion of cultures and shared generational beliefs. A story of how the people left most broken have an extraordinary gift and a purposeful future.”
Per Variety, the visual album will tell the story of a young king’s “transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity” as he is guided by his ancestors. Black Is King sets out to reimagine lessons of The Lion King for “today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns,” and strives to pay tribute to voyages of Black families throughout time.
“These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power,” the statement reads. “Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence.” A teaser for the film was released on beyonce.com, and can be found below.