Disney has not announced a Queen Elizabeth II movie

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Social media posts claim Disney has announced a new movie about Queen Elizabeth II. This is false; the photo shared online comes from the AMC+ series "Anne Boleyn," and the Walt Disney Company, as of September 13, 2022 has made no such announcement.

"Disney announces movie about the Queen Elizabeth II," says a September 12, 2022 Facebook post with more than 4,000 likes.

Screenshot of a Facebook post taken September 13, 2022

Similar posts sharing a photo of a Black woman on what appears to be a throne have circulated on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history, died September 8 at 96 years old. Her death inspired a cascade of memes on the internet, as well as the spread of misinformation.

Similarly, claims of a new Queen Elizabeth II movie produced by Disney are inaccurate.

A reverse image search indicates the image in the posts comes from the AMC+ series "Anne Boleyn," which premiered in December 2021.

Screenshot from AMC taken September 13, 2022

On the same day as the queen's death, several new titles premiered on Disney's streaming platform. But none of them are about Elizabeth, and AFP could find no evidence that the entertainment company has announced such a film.

The posts come after the trailer premiere for "The Little Mermaid," which stars African American actress Halle Bailey. The casting choice of Bailey caused a racist backlash.

AFP reached out to Disney for comment, but a response was not forthcoming.

AFP has fact-checked other false claims about the queen's death here, here and here.