Inside the world premiere of The Lion King

Lawrence Kim
July 11, 2019

Adding sparkle and amping up the world permiere of The Lion King several notches higher was Queen Bey aka Beyonce with her daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

The new parents will leave baby Archie (who enjoyed a day out at polo alongside his cousins on Wednesday) at home on Sunday evening to join the stars of the upcoming live-action revamp of the 1994 original Disney film for the European premiere in London's West End. The singer will also release an album, called The Lion King: The Gift, which will be released on July 19, the day of the U.S. release of Jon Favreau's film.

Beyonce has also produced the album.

"This is sonic cinema".

"This is a new experience of storytelling", Beyoncé said in a statement. "Authenticity and heart were important to me".

Meanwhile, several fans have tipped big things for the album, tipping it for big things in awards season.

"Beyoncé Never Does Things By Halves", wrote @anibundel.

"Spirit" makes its appearance in the film during a pivotal scene with Beyonce's character, Nala, and was written for the film by IIya Salmanzadeh, Timothy McKenzie and Beyonce, produced by Beyonce and IIya and Labrinth.

The Lion King: The Gift, will feature new recordings by Beyonce, and features "a handsome, multi-genre symphony, steeped in African influences from various corners of the continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora". Spirit, the single from the album and from the soundtrack for The Lion King, will be available later tonight. It joins Disney's new slate of live-action film remakes, which includes Aladdin, Dumbo and, soon, The Little Mermaid.

It all happened when the film's director, Jon Favreau, introduced the cast to the audience and invited each star to walk across the stage.

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