Sony Pictures has finally dropped the official trailer for The Woman King, the forthcoming historical epic action drama starring Oscar winner Viola Davis. The film is currently slated to hit the theaters on September 16.
The Woman King trailer, which you can check out below, highlights Davis’ General Nanisca as the most exceptional female warrior to ever live. In the video, Nanisca fiercely leads her army of women warriors into the impending war against strangers from the West who are planning to take over their kingdom.
Based on real-life events in the Kingdom of Dahomey in the 18th and 19th centuries, The Woman King stars Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, Adrienne Warren, Jayme Lawson, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Sheila Atim, and more.
“It tells the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Inspired by true events, The Woman King follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. Some things are worth fighting for…”
Agojie is also known as the inspiration for the Dora Milaje, a group of women warriors that serve as the Black Panther’s royal guard in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Woman King is directed by The Old Guard filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood from a screenplay she co-wrote with Dana Stevens, based on a story by Maria Bello. It is being produced by Welle Entertainment’s Cathy Schulman with Davis and Julius Tennon and their JuVee Productions. Maria Bello of Jack Blue Productions is producing as well. Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar Pictures.