‘The Woman King’ Trailer: Viola Davis Leads Fierce All-Female African Army In TriStar Historical Epic

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“An evil is coming.” But Viola Davis is a not-so-secret weapon in the battle against it. “Fight or we die,” says Davis’ Nanisca in the trailer for TriStar Pictures historical epic The Woman King. 

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard, Beyond the Lights), the film is inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its story follows Nanisca (Davis), General of the all-female military unit, and Nawi (Thuso Mbedu), an ambitious recruit, who together fought enemies who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.

The Woman King also stars Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, Adrienne Warren, Sheila Atim, Jayme Lawson and Hero Fiennes Tiffin. Prince-Bythewood penned the final draft of the script with Dana Stevens, who also wrote the original. Davis produced the pic with Cathy Schulman, Julius Tennon and Maria Bello.

eOne co-financed and is handling distribution in the United Kingdom and Canada, with Tristar releasing the film in all other territories.

The Woman King hits movie theaters on September 16.

‘The Woman King’ Trailer: Viola Davis Leads Fierce All-Female African Army In TriStar Historical Epic

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