Last month, Beyoncé announced an ambitious new project: a forthcoming film and visual album called Black Is King hitting Disney+ on July 31. And over the weekend, we received a new look at what that'll look like, thanks to a vibrant new teaser. From what she's shown us, Black Is King will feature colorful set pieces and costuming, cosmic iconography, and of course, appearance from Bey and Jay-Z themselves — as well as Lupita Nyong'o, Naomi Campbell, and more.
The grandeur of the trailer makes it feel like Black Is King is a massive cinematic event, and a quick look at its credits reveals that it is. The film written and produced by Beyoncé herself, and she directed it as well, alongside Blitz Bazawule, Ibra Ake, Jenn Nkiru, Jake Nava, Pierre Debusschere, and Dikayl Rimmasch. It's based on The Lion King, as well as Bey's The Gift soundtrack album that complemented the 2019 film which she starred in. She's referred to it as a "companion piece."