- A new Beyoncé song closes the upcoming Serena and Venus Williams biopic “King Richard.”
- The multi-Grammy award winner produced the song with the artist DIXSON.
- The song plays as real-life home movie footage of Serena and Venus Williams plays on screen.
The emotional final scene of the upcoming Venus and Serena Williams biopic “King Richard” is soundtracked by a new Beyoncé song titled “Be Alive.”
The original song – which Beyoncé wrote for the film with artist DIXSON – plays as the closing credits of the movie pass across the screen, and it was greeted with cheers at the premiere of “King Richard” at the London Film Festival last week.
“Be Alive” features a similarly powerful, drum-heavy rhythmic quality with songs like “Freedom” from Beyonce’s 2019 “Lemonade.” The song also carries strong political messages about feminism and Black life, which link to many of the themes explored in the film.
“I got all my sisters by my side,” Beyoncé can be heard singing during the song alongside, “I couldn’t rub this Black off even if I tried.”
Real-life footage from the lives of Serena and Venus Williams, including home movies shot by their father, Richard, accompanies the song. Many of the images depicted in the home movies are recreated in the film with Will Smith in the titular role of Richard Williams.
The film, which was directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, follows Smith’s Richard as he fights to launch the professional tennis careers of his two young daughters from their home in Compton and charts how their ultimate success has helped to change the game of tennis.
In addition to Smith, “King Richard” also stars Aunjanue Ellis as Serena and Venus’s mother Oracene “Brandi” Williams. Tony Goldwyn as their youth coach Paul Cohen, and Jon Bernthal as coach Rick Macci. Both Venus and Serena served as executive producers on the film.
Earlier this year, Beyoncé teased that she had new music on the way telling Harper’s Bazaar that she spent much of the last 18 months working on her next solo album.
“With all the isolation and injustice over the past year, I think we are all ready to escape, travel, love, and laugh again,” she told the publication. “I feel a renaissance emerging, and I want to be part of nurturing that escape in any way possible. I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half.”
“Be Alive” will also, of course, make Beyoncé eligible for a best original song nomination at the Oscars. The 40-year-old who has won 28 Grammys – the most ever by a female artist – has never been nominated by the American film Academy.
“King Richard” debuts in theaters and on HBO Max on November 19.