Gina Prince-Bythewood, who most recently directed Charlize Theron in Netflix’s action-thriller The Old Guard, has jumped on board a new film project titled The Woman King. The movie is set up at TriStar Pictures and it will star Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis.
The film tells an historical epic story inspired by true events “that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. The story follows Nanisca (Davis), general of the all-female military unit, and her daughter Nawi, who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.”
Davis and producer Julius Tennon said in a statement:
“We at JuVee are beyond excited to introduce this incredible story of the Women Warriors of The Dahomey Ahosi tribe to the world. It’s time that they truly occupy their place in history and in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s hands, it will be a gamechanger. This project could not be a more perfect example of our legacy.”
The Woman King sounds like a great story and there are some talented individuals attached to bring it to life. I have a feeling that this is going to be a good one.