"Black Is King" is a 2020 American musical film directed by Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule, Ibra Ake, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Jenn Nkiru, Jake Nava, Kwasi Fordjour, Pierre Debusschere and Dikayl Rimmasch.
The starring cast includes Beyoncé, Connie Chiume, Nandi Madida, Warren Masemola, Stephen Ojo, Mary Twala, Folajomi 'FJ' Akinmurele, Nyaniso Ntsikelelo Dzedze, Sibusiso Mbeje, Fumi Odede and others.

Watch the official trailer for "Black Is King"

Walt Disney Studios on Sunday, July 19, 2020 released the trailer:
BLACK IS KING, a film by Beyoncé | Official Trailer | Disney+.

What is "Black Is King" about?

A basket floats down a river. On a beach in the spiritual plane, a newborn prince is held by his maternal ancestor while she tells him of his significance and purpose ("Bigger"). She performs rituals for the prince and joins other women who are also holding newborns. On the beach, the prince is anointed with white paint by the ancestor, while in a royal palace, he is similarly anointed by an elder (Mary Twala). The king gives the young prince a small golden scepter and tells the prince that his ancestors look down on them from the stars and will always be there to guide him ("Find Your Way Back").
The young boy is enticed by a monkey to enter a warehouse. A man with a snake asks the boy who he is, but the boy does not answer. The boy stays in the warehouse, adorns himself with gold, and spends his time gambling while being watched by his ancestor and the blue man (Stephen Ojo). Outside, a biker gang arrives and encircles the prince. The king comes to save him and is killed by a bike. The prince's uncle tells the prince to flee the village, and he takes over the throne ("Scar"). In the spiritual plane, the ancestor leads the king's funeral, while the blue man sits alone ("Nile").
The prince dreams of living a carefree life, driving past his ancestor and the blue man. He lives in an extravagant mansion full of expensive clothes, servants, and feasts ("Mood 4 Eva"). The prince remembers his uncle banging on a drum, causing him to drop the scepter into the water. A human chess game takes place in the mansion's ground, reminding the prince of how his father taught him the game, which represented the duality of good and evil. In real life, the prince grows up and moves to the city. He now dreams of spending his time partying with girls inside a tricked-out hearse ("Ja Ara E"). His driver appears as his uncle, who taunts him with the golden scepter. He stumbles out of the car and wakes up. The prince realizes that pursuing material wealth is unsustainable, and he is encouraged to reclaim his purpose and identity ("Already"). His ancestor tells the prince that he will meet himself at the shore, as the blue man walks into the sea ("Water"). The prince is reunited with his childhood love ("Brown Skin Girl"). The couple gets married ("Keys to the Kingdom"), but he is plagued by self-doubt over his purpose.

Who's in the "Black Is King" cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Black Is King".

Beyoncé a spirit guide maternal figure, and/or ancestor
Connie Chiume the prince's mother inspired by Sarabi
Nadi Fadina Nandi Madida
Nandi Madida the prince's love interest inspired by Nala
Warren Masemola Warren Masemola
Stephen Ojo the blue man a representation of the prince's subconscious
Mary Twala an elder inspired by Rafiki The film was released after Twala's death
Folajomi 'FJ' Akinmurele Little Simba
Aweng Ade-Chuol Aweng Chuol (as Aweng Chuol)
Isaak Adoyi Flower Boy Leader
Adut Akech Adut Akech
Yemi Alade Yemi Alade
Aqualillies Synchronized Swimmers
Steven T. Bartlett Head Butler
Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell
Diana Care Synchronized Swimmer
Blue Ivy Carter Blue Ivy Carter
Island Aquatics Synchro Club Synchronized Swimmers
Clem Darling Head Bellhop
Lindiwe Dim Nala's Friend
Sadyr Diouf Guard (as Sadyr Diouf)
Jean Donnay Dancer
Nyaniso Dzedze Nyaniso Dzedze
Michael Franklin Michael Franklin
Andray Johnson Praying Warrior
Tina Knowles-Lawson Tina Knowles-Lawson
JD McCrary Young Simba
Lupita Nyong'o Lupita Nyong'o
Donald Dep Paige Choir (as Donald Paige)
Margeaux Reign
Jessie Reyez Jessie Reyez
J Rome Self
Kelly Rowland Kelly Rowland
Philicia Saunders Synchronized Swimmer
Nikeva Stapleton Tribal Woman
Hollister Starrett Bellhop
Shatta Wale Shatta Wale
Nicole Danielle Watts Villager
Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams
Alysha Young Synchronized Swimmer

When is "Black Is King" released in cinemas?

The film "Black Is King" was scheduled to be released on July 31, 2020 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

What are "Black Is King" film specifications?

The duration of the film is 85 minutes.

What are critics and audiences saying about "Black Is King"?

"Black Is King" got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 5.5/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 95/100.

More information about "Black Is King" you can get at:

IMDB: Black Is King

Wikipedia: Black Is King

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