The female warriors are here, to fight for what’s right!
If you have watched Marvel’s Black Panther, you may have seen a group called “Dora Milaje” who are the female warriors of Wakanda. People have loved the way they were portrayed and fought against the wrongs.
In the same way, we are getting a sole new movie based on real-life female warriors and it is coming up soon. The name of the film is none other than “The Woman King”. Yesterday Sony Pictures released a poster on Twitter of the film with the caption, ” Tomorrow Agojie… @WomanKingMovie”
The trailer of The Woman King will be released today as mentioned in the poster. If you wondering who Agojie is, they are a group of African female warriors. The film is directed by Gina Prince – Bythewood. The screenplay is penned down by Dana Stevens with Gina Prince Bythewood also the co-writer.
The Cast of Woman King stars Lashana Lynch, Viola Davis, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Sheila Atim, John Boyega, Thuso Mbedo, Shaina West, Adrienne Warren, Masali Baduza & others.
Let’s look at what the Academy Award winner Viola Davis has to say about her transformation she says, ” I have never had a role like this before. It’s very transformative. There are ways a vision you have for your career but there are a few roles as an actress of color. Dark skin with a wide nose and big lips.”
Further, she continued, ” Those stories are extraordinarily limited. It is hard to be an artist, hard to be a black artist, and even harder to be a black female artist.”
Davis also spoke about how a book name “The Amazons of Black Sparta ” written by a white man got a lot of bad comments calling the warriors beasts, ugly and mannish.
Check out the first look of The Woman King, here.
About The Woman King
General Nanisca played by Viola Davis is the leader of the female warriors who protected the West African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s. The kingdom of Dahomey now is known as Benin in the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries. The female warriors were further called “Dahomey Amazons” by the western people.
The reason why Dahomey has female warriors was due to scarcity of male population as they were either slave traded or died in wars with other states. So the King recruits the female warriors into the military. The movie follows the journey of how the Agojie warriors fight the enemies that did them wrong, enslaved their people, and made them suffer.
The Woman King arrives in theatres on September 16, 2022.