Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o Set for The Woman King


TriStar's The Woman King, based on true events, casts Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong'o as mother and daughter

TriStar’s The Woman King, based on true events, casts Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o as mother and daughter

TriStar Pictures’ The Woman King has cast Viola Davis (FencesSuicide Squad) and Lupita Nyong’o (Black PantherStar Wars: The Last Jedi) as mother and daughter, according to THRThe Woman King is based on real-life events in the Kingdom of Dahomey in the 18th and 19th centuries.

“The Woman King tells the story of Nanisca (Davis), general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi (Nyong’o), who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.”

The Woman King will be produced by Welle Entertainment’s Cathy Schulman with Davis and Julius Tennon and their JuVee Productions. Maria Bello of Jack Blue Productions will produce as well. Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar Pictures.

Schulman told Deadline, “Black Panther just showed us how the power of imagination and lore could reveal a world without gender and racial stereotypes. The Woman Kingwill 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.”

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