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Viola Davis kicks of Black History Month with fresh photos from “The Woman King” movie

To kick off Black History Month (BHM), Viola Davis posted the first look photographs from her forthcoming film, The Woman King, on social media.

The Woman King is an upcoming American historical epic film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood from a screenplay co-written with Dana Stevens. It stars Viola Davis (Nanisca), Thuso Mbedu (Nawi), Lashana Lynch, John Boyega (King Ghezo), Adrienne Warren, Sheila Atim (Amenza), Jayme Lawson, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin (Santo Ferreira). The film is scheduled to be theatrically released by Sony Pictures Releasing on September 16, 2022.

Set in the Kingdom of Dahomey (a West African kingdom located within present-day Benin), Nanisca is the general of the all-female military unit and Nawi is an ambitious recruit. Together, the pair fought enemies who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they have lived for.

The story, inspired by true events, follows Nanisca and Nawi, played by Thuso Mbedu, an ambitious recruit, who together fight enemies who violated their honor, enslaved their people and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for. Lashana Lynch and John Boyega also star opposite Davis and Mbedu in the film.

Davis is producing the TriStar Pictures project with Cathy Schulman, Julius Tennon and Maria Bello. The film is based on an original screenplay by Dana Stevens, Stevens and Prince-Bythewood penned the most current draft of the script.

In social media post, Davis shared her excitement: “I’m deeply honored and excited to bring this incredible story of these badass female warriors to life. Get ready for THE WOMAN KING, exclusively in movie theaters this Fall!!”

The film is scheduled to be theatrically released by Sony Pictures Releasing on September 16, 2022. See Viola Davis’ post ahead of The Woman King release below:

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