• By Olamide Onipede

Queen Bey has another big surprise for fans.

The singer’s visual album, Black Is King, inspired by The Lion King, is coming to Disney+ next month. Written, directed, and executive produced by Beyoncé, the film will premiere globally on the streaming service on July 31, one year after the theatrical release of Disney’s live-action reboot of The Lion King, for which Queen Bey voiced Nala.

Black Is King, described as a “celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience,” was inspired by the music of The Lion King: The Gift, which featured contributions from JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Blue Ivy Carter, Jessie Reyez, Tierra Whack, Burna Boy, SAINt JHN, and more

On Saturday night, the epic trailer was released on featuring a cameo from JAY-Z. “A journey is a gift,” says Bey in the one-minute clip. “The ancestors never left you.”

“This visual album from Beyoncé reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns,” Disney said in a statement. “The film was in production for one year with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity.”

Check out the trailer below…

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