Jul 15, 2020

Gina Prince-Bythewood Will Direct Viola Davis in Historical Epic ‘The Woman King’

Viola Davis is set to portray Nanisca, general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, in The Woman King.

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The Woman King 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, The Woman King tells the story of Nanisca (Viola Davis), general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter, Nawi, who together went on to fight the invading French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people and threatened to destroy everything they had lived for.  

“We at JuVee are beyond excited to introduce this incredible story of the women warriors of the Dahomey Ahosi tribe to the world. It’s time that they truly occupy their place in history and in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s hands, it will be a gamechanger. This project could not be a more perfect example of our legacy,” said Davis and Tennon. Gina Prince-Bythewood is coming on to this project hot after the incredible success of Netflix’s The Old Guard. The Woman King is being made through Sony’s Tri-Star pictures.