Based on true events and an original story by Maria Bello, the film tells the story of Nanisca (Davis), General of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi (Nyong’o), who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.
Oscar winners Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong'o have signed on to play mother and daughter in the TriStar drama THE WOMAN KING, which concerns an all-female military unit in Africa.
The film is inspired by true events and based on an original story by Maria Bello, who will produce under her Jack Blue Productions banner along with Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment, and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions.
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 (Davis), General of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi (Nyong’o), who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.
“The Woman King is the powerful true story of an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship, and there’s no-one more extraordinary than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to bring them to life,” said TriStar president Hannah Minghella, who will oversee the project along with TriStar's Nicole Brown.
"The Woman King has the potential to be a game changer for women of color everywhere,” added Tennon. “Viola and our team at JuVee are beyond excited to partner with Sony/TriStar to bring these fierce women to the big screen."
“Black Panther just showed us how the power of imagination and lore could reveal a world without gender and racial stereotypes. The Woman King will tell one of history’s greatest forgotten stories from the real world in which we live, where an army of African warrior women staved off slavery, colonialism and inter-tribal warfare to unify a nation," said Schulman.
CAA represents Black Panther star Nyong'o as well as Davis, who is also repped by the Lasher Group. Bello is repped by UTA and John Carrabino Management.
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