Viola Davis & Lupita Nyong’o To Star As Mother-And-Daughter In ‘The Woman King’
The Woman King is inspired by true events involving the all-female military unit known as the Dahomey Amazons.
In what now has to be called the “Black Panther Effect,” TriStar Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to The Woman King. Inspired by true events that took place in one of the most powerful West African states in the 18th and 19th centuries, The Woman King stars Oscar winners Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o as a mother-daughter duo who fought the French and neighboring tribes who threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.
Davis will play Nanisca, general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons from the kingdom of Dahomey, and Nyong’o portrays Nawi, as the two take on enemies near and abroad who’ve enslaved their people and terrorized their lands for far too long. As you may or may not know, the Dahomey Amazons inspired the Dora Milajé military unit in Ryan Coogler’s soon-to-be billion dollar smash hit, Black Panther film. “There’s no one more extraordinary than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to bring [these characters] to life,” TriStar Pictures president Hannah Minghella said.
“‘Black Panther’ showed us how the power of imagination and lore could reveal a world without gender and racial stereotypes. ‘The Woman King’ will tell one of history’s greatest forgotten stories from the real world in which we live, where an army of African warrior women staved off slavery, colonialism and inter-tribal warfare to unify a nation.”
With no word when production will start or if there will be any other future casting announcements, we will keep you all posted as The Woman King continues to develop.