Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Shine in Debut Film Together

Disney reveals trailer for Beyoncé and Blue Ivy's film.

by Nouman Rasool
Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Shine in Debut Film Together
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Beyoncé and her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, are set to captivate audiences in their first film collaboration, a prequel to 2019's live-action adaptation of "The Lion King," in Disney's "Mufasa: The Lion King," theatrically released on December 20.

The iconic singer, who lent her voice to Queen Nala in last year's redo, is back, and Blue Ivy makes her onscreen acting debut as the voice of Kiara, Nala's and Simba's offspring, who is being played by Donald Glover. For Blue Ivy, this is another great milestone, having contributed her voice to the stage with her mother during the Renaissance tour.

Barry Jenkins, who was the Academy Award winner for "Moonlight," will direct "Mufasa: The Lion King." The screenplay was prepared by Jeff Nathanson of "Catch Me If You Can," and Lin-Manuel Miranda will write the new songs for the film.

Mufasa will also feature voices from Aaron Pierre as Mufasa and Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Scar, with returnees such as Billy Eichner in the role of Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. The cast is further enhanced by Thandiwe Newton, Mads Mikkelsen, Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, and Tiffany Boone.

"What is so exciting about these two is that you can see Diana in young Diana's eyes," Jenkins said in talking further about them.

Legacy and Collaboration

The "Mufasa: The Lion King" story seems to dabble in the legacy of Simba as a king obsessed with his cub's rule, but it ultimately uncovers the background of the father, Mufasa.

This expansion of the narrative, therefore, takes the rich lore of the Lion King to the very least promise of a deep dive into the familial connections and power struggles of the Pride Lands. Blue Ivy also counts among her mother's collaborators: she contributed to the song "My Power" during Beyoncé's Renaissance tour and played a featured role in the Grammy-winning music video "Brown Skin Girl." She is only nine years old, making her the second-youngest Grammy award winner.

Beyoncé is quite a record-breaker, owning the most Grammy awards ever won by an artist at 32; her husband, Jay-Z, for his part, has 24 of his own. The power couple from music remains in the front ranks. Married since 2008, the two have Blue Ivy and twins Rumi and Sir, born in 2017—building a truly deep, artistic, and collaboratively personal family.

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