Oscar-winning actresses Viola Davis (Fences) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) are set to portray Nansisca and Nawi, leaders of an all-female African military unit nicknamed The Amazons, in The Woman King.
The story, based on the real-life events that occurred during the turn of the 18th century within the Kingdom of Dahomey, will follow general Nansisca. Nansisca, alongside her daughter Nawi, lead an army of her fellow women and fought back against the French invaders who brutalised their land, and enslaved their people.
Adapted from the novel of the same name by Maria Bello, the serendipitous timing of the acquisition (as well as the casting of Lupita Nyong’o) has led many to believe that this is in direct response to Disney’s current box office smash hit Black Panther, which itself told its story based within Africa and starred Nyong’o. Indeed, Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment, even cited the superhero success story in her announcement: “Black Panther just 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.”
The President of TriStar (who are distributing) Hannah Minghella also commented that “The Woman King is the powerful true story of an extraordinary mother/daughter relationship, and there’s no one more extraordinary than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to bring them to life.”
No release date has yet been set for The Woman King. Black Panther is in cinemas now.
Source: Tracking Board