Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis has shared the first-look images of the upcoming Hollywood film, The Woman King. The film described as a “historical epic” is set to star South African actresses Thuso Mbedu, Masali Baduza and Makgotso M.
Miss Universe 2019, Zozibini Tunzi, will be making her acting debut and successful composer Lebo M will be composing music for the film.
According to Deadline, The Woman King is inspired by a true story. The film is based on events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, a West African kingdom, in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Viola Davis will play Nanisca, the general of an all-female military. Thuso Mbedu will play Nawi, an ambitious recruit.
The film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood will star local actresses Masali Baduza, Makgotso M and Thando Dlomo. Siv Ngezi and Seputla Sebogodi have also joined the exciting cast.
The film is set to be released on 16 September 2022.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday 1 February, Viola Davis shared the first-look images of The Woman King. In her tweet, the star actress said she was “deeply honoured and excited to bring this incredible story to life.”
“Get ready for The Woman King,” she wrote.
South African composer Lebo M will compose five songs for The Woman King. He told SowetanLive in 2021 that the songs have been crafted with “precision and due consideration of the immense and historical significance that the movie brings.” (TheSouthAfrican)