Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis are set to star in TriStar’s The Woman King, a true story tale about Benin Warriors in colonial-era Africa.
The two will play Nanisca and Nawi, a mother and daughter living in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries, THR reports. Nanisca is the general of the Amazons, an all-female military unit, and fights alongside her daughter against both neighboring tribes and French forces that threaten to destroy their homeland.
“The Woman King is the powerful true story of an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship,” said Hannah Minghella, President of TriStar Pictures. “And there’s no-one more extraordinary than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to bring them to life.”
“‘Black Panther’ just showed us how the power of imagination and lore could reveal a world without gender and racial stereotypes,” added producer Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment. “‘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.”
The film is based on an original idea by Maria Bello, who will producer via her Jack Blue Productions imprint. Davis and her husband Julius Tennon will also produce the project via their JuVee Productions.