The female king is an upcoming action-drama directed by Gina Prince Bythewood (The old guard). Prince-Bythewood co-wrote the screenplay with Dana Stevens (Paternity) based on a scenario of Maria Bello (A history of violence). Oscar winner Viola Davis (Fences) in a role we’ve never seen her in before, this film is based on the epic and true story of the Dahomey Amazons and their struggle for survival.
The film was presented by Bello to Davis in front of a live audience in 2015 at the Women Making History Awards ceremony at the Los Angeles National Women’s History Museum. Now, Maria Bello and Viola Davis are co-producers on the finished product. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, The female king should be released in September 2022. This article will tell you everything you need to know before!
When is The Woman King coming out and where can I watch it?
The movie will be released exclusively in theaters on September 16, 2022, which means it won’t be available to stream for at least a few months after that. The digital release date and streaming platform(s) have yet to be confirmed at this stage.
If you want more information on what to expect The female kinggive Black Panther another shows if, like many others, you were fascinated by the athleticism, courage and military prowess of the Dora Milaje. Despite being a highly stylized Marvel movie, these fierce female warriors were based on reality, the Agojie.
You bet there’s a trailer! Released on July 6, 2022, the trailer gives us a glimpse of the extreme brutality that threatens Dahomey, as well as the training methods of the Dahomey Amazons. You can watch the trailer below:
What is the woman king talking about?
Because this is a historical epic based on true events, some context is needed to better understand the depth behind the plot of The female king.
Set in the late 1800s in the West African kingdom of Dahomey, a fierce all-female military regiment known as Agojie must fight for the life and freedom of their kingdom from outside aggressors. These women have been named “Dahomey Amazons” by historians because of their resemblance to the Amazons of mythology. Due to the high male death rate within the Kingdom, due to constant wars with other West African states and the slave trade, women were recruited into the military, eventually fully support it.
General Nanisca (Davis) faces a threat to the Kingdom of Dahomey when European forces begin to invade. The epic war she waged against them is based on the Franco-Dahomean War that took place between 1890 and 1894. Nanisca also focuses on an ambitious new recruit, Nawi, played by Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad). Nawi’s character is based on the real “Last Amazon of Dahomey” of the same name. In a 1978 interview, Nawi claimed to have fought the French in 1982. She later died in 1979, well over 100 years old.
The Amazons of Dahomey, or “Agojie“, had many other references in pop culture before being featured in The female kingmost recently in the 2018 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie The black panther. The “Dora Milaje”, an all-female regiment of guards and bodyguards, is directly based on the Amazons of Dahomey.
Lupita Nyong’owho in Black Panther played Nakia, a former fire lover Chadwick BosemanThe character of T’Challa, actually got to interview descendants of the Dahomey Amazons in 2019, after being intrigued by their influence in creating Dora Milaje for Marvel comics and movies.
Who are the cast and crew of The Woman King?
Director Gina Price-Bythewood is well immersed in the industry, having directed numerous episodes on shows like Everybody Hates Chris, girlfriends, Cloak and Daggerand Shots fired. She has also made films Beyond the Lights and love and basketball.
Producer and screenwriter Maria Bello is a well-known actress and humanitarian, having appeared in numerous films such as ugly coyote, Curfew, Handsome boyand both The adults and adults 2. Her humanitarian work includes founding “WE ADVANCE”, an organization that encourages Haitian women to work together to make health a priority and end domestic violence in their communities, as well as serving on the board of administration of the Darfur Women Action Group.
Of course, Viola Davis will play the lead role of General Nanisca, leading his army into battle to defend Dahomey, and Thuso Mbedu will be his child prodigy, based on the real Nawi. Lashana Lynchknown for her role as Carol Danvers’ best friend, Maria Rambeau, in Captain Marvel, will play Nanisca’s lieutenant in a character that has yet to be named. She can be seen throughout the trailer, especially in a scene that showcases a battle of strength, endurance, and determination as Dahomey warriors train.
Jean Boyegawho made his theatrical breakthrough as a leading man in the star wars Universe as Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, will play King Ghezo, ruler of Dahomey. Her character seeks and trusts the advice of General Nanisca. King Ghezo is also based on his real-life counterpart of the same name, who is said to be responsible for the cultural shift from tradition and ceremony to a militarized state, thus creating the Agojie.
The main antagonist, Santo Ferreira, will be played by Hero Fiennes Tiffinwho portrayed the younger version of Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In addition, Sheila Atim (The Underground Railroad) will play Amenza, who is also seen alongside General Nanisca throughout the trailer as another high-ranking lieutenant.
Other supporting cast members include Adrian Warrenwho is best known for her role as Tina Turner in the Broadway production of Tina. This will be his first big screen debut. Jayme Lawson (The Batman), Masali Baduza (Zeros + Crosses), Angelique Kidjo (singer composer blood diamond), and Shaina West (Black Widow) also joined the impressive female cast.