Viola Davis to Star in Movie 'The Woman King' – Here's What You Can Expect

Bettina Dizon
Jul 20, 2020
05:15 A.M.
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The historical TriStar Pictures film, "The Woman King" will be set in The Kingdom of Dahomey, Africa, and will star Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis.


Viola Davis is set to play Nanisca, the general of a female military division in The Kingdom of Dahomey, in the upcoming film, "The Woman King."

Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct the historical movie based on true stories in 18th and 19th century Africa.

Viola Davis, winner of the award for Actress in a Supporting Role for 'Fences,' poses in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images



The film will revolve around the life of Nanisca and her daughter, Nawi, who both battled the French who turned the Africans to slaves. According to Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVeeProductions:

"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." 

Viola Davis attends the red carpet during the 14th Rome Film Festival on October 26, 2019 in Rome, Italy. | Source: Getty Images


High standards are expected from the film given that Prince-Bythewood was behind some of the most influential movies, including "Love & Basketball," "Beyond the Lights," and "The Secret Life of Bees."


Davis previously starred in the Tate Taylor-directed film, "The Help," which she earned an Oscar Award nomination for. 

Viola Davis accepts the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award onstage during The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 Women In Entertainment at Milk Studios on December 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


However, the actress felt that the story did not tell the whole truth about racial discrimination. "There's a part of me that feels like I betrayed myself and my people because I was in a movie that wasn't ready to [tell the whole truth," she said.

The "How To Get Away With Murder" star also won the role of former First Lady Michelle Obama in the series, "First Ladies."

Davis took on the role of a house helper in a white household who exposed her employers' racist tendencies.



The "How To Get Away With Murder" star also won the role of former First Lady Michelle Obama in the series, "First Ladies."

The Aaron Cooley-created and produced show, which is set to start filming, will run for one hour per episode. 

Davis will also be an executive producer, together with Jeff Gaspin, Julius Tennon, Cathay Schulman, and Brad Kaplan.

The actress is highly praised for her incredible talents that have been critically praised over the years, especially with the hit show "How To Get Away With Murder."