Directed by Nick Knight, Jesus Is King was filmed over the summer and “brings Kanye West’s famed Sunday Service to life in the Roden Crater, visionary artist James Turrell’s never-before-seen installation in Arizona’s Painted Desert”. The movie will feature 13 songs “arranged by West in the gospel tradition along with new music from his forthcoming album ‘Jesus Is King’”.
A trailer for Jesus Is King arrived late yesterday (October 17). The minute-long video zooms into the white space in the centre of the Roden Crater while a performance by West’s Sunday Service choir plays. The trailer ends with the Bible verse Mark 1:15 which reads: “In the words of Jesus Christ, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel’.”
You can see the Jesus Is King trailer below.
Jesus Is King will be screened in IMAX cinemas worldwide, including 46 theatres in the UK and Ireland, on October 25 for one week only. Tickets are available now here.
West’s new album ‘Jesus Is King’ will reportedly be released on October 25 as well. The record was initially due out September 27, and was then pushed to September 29, but it never arrived – much to fans’ consternation and disappointment.
Kanye fans have got a sense of what ‘Jesus Is King’ sounds like, however, in listening parties West held alongside the ‘Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience’ events. Besides Clipse – the long-inactive duo of Pusha T and No Malice – the album also apparently features smooth jazz artist Kenny G. Young Thug also appears to have recorded a verse for ‘Jesus Is King’, though Thug himself is unsure if it made the record.