The Woman King Casts Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o

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The fact that Hollywood is full of fierce, incredible and inspiring women is something we have known for quite some time. Nevertheless, it is great to see that filmmakers are realizing that as well. Though that does not mean that these women are necessarily going to be cast in the same movie. This does not mean that these women get to play real life fierce and incredible women on screen as well.

Black Panther has shown us, however, that it is possible to do so and the women in the movie were just ace.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this portrayal of strong, fierce women on our screens will be happening again and sooner than one might think. A movie called The Woman King is currently in development and oh boy does it sounds amazing:

The movie is inspired by true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, which was one of the most powerful African states in the 18th and 19th centuries. It will tell the story of Nanisca, a general of the all-female military unit known as Amazons, and her daughter Nawi. They fought the French and their neighbouring tribes who violated their honour, those who enslaved their people and those who threatened to destroy everything they have lived for.

While some of it may sound a bit familiar, The Woman King sounds like the kind of movie, we definitely want to see!

The casting for the movie has already started and none other than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o are set to play the mother-daughter-duo. A combination that probably couldn’t be greater!

TriStar has acquired worldwide rights for the movie and their president Hannah Minghella sounds just as enthusiastic about the movie as we at 4YE do:

The Woman King is the powerful true story of an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship,” she said. “And there’s no one more extraordinary than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to bring them to life.”

The Woman King is based on the original idea by Maria Bello, who will produce the movie through Jack Blue Productions, alongside Cathy Schulman, who will produce it through Welle Entertainment, as well as Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon through JuVee Productions.

Anna Hattingen