Following the film’s teaser, the official trailer for Beyoncé‘s BLACK IS KING was released on July 19th.
Courtesy of Disney and Beyoncé’s company, Parkwood Entertainment, the clip finds the Texas native calmly reciting lines as the visual takes the viewer on a short journey. “You 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,” she says as a young boy floats in the ether of space before a flash reveals the superstar carrying a baby boy. “Life is a set of choices: Lead, or be led astray,” she continues as what appear to be temptations and dangers appear. “Follow your light — or lose it.”
The Grammy-winning singer opened up about her project in a June 28th Instagram post, calling it a “labor of love.” She explained how it started as one effort but evolved into something completely new: “It was originally filmed as a companion piece to ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ soundtrack and meant to celebrate the breadth and beauty of Black ancestry…. 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,” she wrote at the time. “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.”
In addition to Queen Bey the new trailer also features appearances by her husband Jay-Z, former Destiny’s Child member , Kelly Rowland, Lupita Nyong’o, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Pharrell Williams, and others. Watch the official visual for BLACK IS KING, narrated by Beyoncé, below.