Viola Davis Stars In ‘The Woman King,’ A Film Inspired by the Kingdom of Dahomey

Out on September 16th

Multi-award-winning actress Viola Davis and ‘Underground RailRoad’ actress Thuso Mbedu are the leads in the forthcoming warrior epic titled ‘The Woman King’.

Based on a true-life event, the film is a historical movie inspired by events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states in Africa during the 18th and 19th centuries. Set to hit theatres in September 2022, ‘The Woman King’ is certainly an apt subject for a month dedicated to otherwise overlooked figures in Black history.


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The film centres around Viola Davis, who plays Nanisca, the general of an all-female military unit known as The Amazon alongside her military recruit, Nawi who is played by Thuso Mbedu. Together they fight the French and neighbouring towns who have disrespected their honour and enslaved the people of Dahomey and all they live for.

The movie also stars John Boyega, Adrienne Warren, Sheila Atim, Lashana Lynch, Jayme Lawson, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and many more. Viola Davis, alongside Cathy Schulman, Julius Tennon and Maria Bello, are producing the Tristar Pictures movie. In a recent tweet, Davis shared her excitement over the upcoming role, stating, “I’m deeply honored and excited to bring this incredible story of these badass female warriors to life.”

Davis also serves as a producer on the film, alongside Cathy Schulman, Julius Tennon, and Maria Bello. The film is based on an original screenplay by Dana Stevens, with Gina Prince-Bythewood serving as director.

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