Two of the most highly regarded actresses in Hollywood are finally joining the big screen together. Both Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o are set to star in The Woman King as mother and daughter in the powerful story of heroism and bravery.
The Woman King is based on true events told in an original story by Maria Bello. The story draws inspiration from the Kingdom of Dahomey, a powerful African state during the 18th and 19th centuries. The story follows Nanisca, played by Davis, who is the general of an all woman military unit known as the amazons. Her daughter Nawi, played by Nyong’o fought alongside her mother against the French and neighboring tribes who both threatened their world.
“‘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.”
TriStar Pictures acquired the rights to the story and the film will be produced by Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment, Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions, and Bello of Jack Blue Productions.