On the heels of some recent video news from her sister, Solange, Beyonce has a major announcement of her own. On April 17, the Houston native's concert film Homecoming will premiere on Netflix, and judging by the trailer for the film, we're in for an epic event befitting one of today's most ambitiously innovative artists.
The film centers around her instantly-legendary 2018 Coachella headlining performance, and will feature healthy doses of behind-the-scenes footage of Beyonce rehearsing and training for the film, as well as spending time with her children and husband, rapper Jay-Z. Unsurprisingly, the trailer, which features a dramatic voiceover from renowned poet Maya Angelou, is as enthralling by itself as most concert documentaries in their entirety.
According to a press release, the imaginatively choreographed, vividly presented concert "paid homage to America's historically black colleges and universities." As highly anticipated as the performance was, thanks to it being rescheduled from 2017 when Queen Bey postponed that appearance due to pregnancy, the event soared beyond expectations. The New York Times proclaimed "There's not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year, or any year soon."
This isn't Beyonce's first foray into blending film and music. In 2016, she released a 65-minute "visual album" to coincide with the audio for her majestic, Grammy-winning Lemonade. Also, this film marks the latest big name concert to land on Netflix, following the successful, critically acclaimed premieres of Bruce Springsteen's Bruce on Broadway, and Taylor Swift's Reputation doc, which was filmed last fall at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, both from last year.
Homecoming premieres April 17 on Netflix.