OSCAR and Emmy winner Viola Davis has been remodeled right into a real-life African Agojie normal for the historical epic The Woman King.
The film is directed by Gina Prince-Blythewood (Love & Basketball, The Old Guard) and written by Dana Stevens. The trailer dropped earlier this week, and followers have already dubbed the film a female adaptation of Braveheart, the Scottish independence epic.
Davis portrays General Nanisca, who led the all-female warriors in the 18th and Nineteenth-century defence of the West African nation of Dahomey, in present-day Benin. Also starring are Lashana Lynch, John Boyega and Thuso Mbedu.
The film is ready simply as white Europeans start to invade Africa. In the trailer, Nanisca warns that the colonisers gained’t cease “until they own all of Africa”, prompting King Ghezo (Boyega) to query the worth of initiating a battle.
“I offer you a choice: fight or we die,” Davis as Nanisca states. “We fight for our ancestors, we fight for the future.”
Previously, the all-female Agojie warriors, also referred to as the Amazons, have been described as “beasts” and “manly.” Davis and filmmaker Prince-Blythewood aimed to convey the story’s actuality to the large display, somewhat than racial clichés.
Prince-Blythewood advised Vanity Fair: “I wanted it to be real and visceral and raw. We didn’t want to show them as just one thing – badass women who killed. They also laughed and loved and cried. We wanted to show their full humanity, not just the cool part that that would look good in a trailer.”
The Woman King premieres Sept 16. Watch the trailer beneath: