The Woman King is an upcoming action-drama directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard). Prince-Bythewood co-wrote the screenplay with Dana Stevens (Fatherhood) based on a storyline from Maria Bello (A History of Violence). Starring Oscar-winner Viola Davis (Fences) in a role we’ve never before seen her in, this movie is based on the epic and true story of the Dahomey Amazons and their fight for survival.
The movie was pitched by Bello to Davis in front of a live audience in 2015 during the Women Making History Awards ceremony at the Los Angeles National Women’s History Museum. Now, Maria Bello and Viola Davis are co-producers for the finished product. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, The Woman King is set to be released in September 2022. This article will tell you everything you need to know before then!
When Does The Woman King Come Out and Where Can I Watch It?
The movie will be released exclusively to theaters on September 16, 2022, which means it won’t be available to stream for at least a few months after. The digital release date and streaming platform(s) have not yet been confirmed at this point.
If you want more insight into what to expect from The Woman King, give Black Panther another watch if you, like many others, were fascinated by the athleticism, courage, and military prowess exuded by the Dora Milaje. Despite the fact that it’s a highly stylized Marvel movie, those fierce women warriors were based on the real-life thing, the Agojie.
Is There a Trailer for The Woman King?
You bet there’s a trailer! Released on July 6, 2022, the trailer gives us a glimpse of the extreme brutality that threatens Dahomey, as well as the training methods for the Dahomey Amazons. You can watch the trailer below:
What Is This About?
Because this is a historical epic based on true events, some context is necessary to better understand the depth behind the plot of The Woman King.
Set in the late 1800s, in the West African Kingdom of Dahomey, a fierce, all-female military regiment known as the Agojie, has to fight for the lives and freedom of their kingdom when faced with outside aggressors. These women were given the name “Dahomey Amazons” by historians because of their similarity to the Amazons of mythology. Because of the high mortality rate of men within the Kingdom, due to constant warring with other West African states and the slave trade, women were recruited into the military, eventually taking it over entirely.
General Nanisca (Davis) is faced with a threat to the Kingdom of Dahomey when European forces begin to invade. The epic war she wages on them is based on the Franco-Dahomeyan war, which went on between 1890 and 1894. Nanisca also focuses on an ambitious new recruit, Nawi, who is played by Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad). The character of Nawi is based on the real “last Dahomey Amazon” of the same name. In an interview in 1978, Nawi claimed to have fought the French in 1982. She later passed away in 1979, well over the age of 100.