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Viola Davis is a force to be reckoned with in ‘The Woman King’

Let’s bow down to Viola Davis as she transforms into General Nanisca, the newest and fiercest warrior in town who’s ready to lead an all-female army into battle in The Woman King.

On July 6, Sony Pictures dropped the first trailer for The Woman King. The teaser sees the Academy award-winning actress playing the role of Nanisca, the general of Agojie, an all-female military unit in the Kingdom of Dahomey, who is introduced as the kingdom’s secret weapon against European colonizers as Beyoncé’s “My Power” plays in the background.

On Twitter, some users expressed their excitement as they couldn’t wait to see the action-packed film.


Speaking with Vanity Fair, Davis shared that she underwent intensive training to play her character. The How to Get Away with Murder star then revealed that playing the role of Nanisca was “transformative.”

“I’ve never had a role like this before. It’s transformative,” the actress said. “And to be a producer on it, and to know that I had a hand in bringing it to fruition…. There’s always a vision you have for your career, but there are very few roles as an actress of color. Dark skin with a wide nose and big lips. I’m just gonna continue to say it. Those stories are extraordinarily limited.”

Set in the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s, The Woman King is based on true events as it tells the story of General Nanisca and her epic journey as she trains the “next generations of recruits” as they prepare for a “battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life.”

Joining Davis in the film are Thuso Mbedu as Nawi, an ambitious Agojie recruit, John Boyega as King Ghezo, and Sheila Atim as Amenza. Other cast members also include Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch, The Batman actress Jayme Lawson, After’s Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and Tony award-winning actress Adrienne Warren.

The Woman King is helmed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The epic film is produced by Cathy Schulman, Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, and Maria Bello, and executive produced by Peter McAleese.

The Woman King is set to storm the theaters on September 16.


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