In September, the Toronto Film Festival will host the global premiere of The Woman King, starring Oscar winner Viola Davis. Davis, as General Nanisca. Viola’s character, in the movie, commands a fierce all-female African military squad into battle against European invaders in a manner reminiscent of Black Panther. Before opening in cinemas on September 16 in Toronto, people attending the film festival will have a sneak peek at The Woman King.
About the Movie
The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful nations in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries, is where the movie draws its inspiration from actual events. The plot centers on Nanisca and Nawi, two ambitious recruits played by Thuso Mbedu, who work together to resist opponents who threatened to ruin everything they had worked for, violated their honor, and enslaved their people.
King Ghezo of Dahomey is portrayed by John Boyega. Nanisca (Viola Davis), encourages him to resist Europeans who want to take over his realm. Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin are also featured in the movie.
Gina Prince-Bythewood is the film’s director, Maria Bello and Dana Stevens wrote the story, and Stevens also wrote the script. Davis, Cathy Schulman, Julius Tennon, and Maria Bello all received producer credits, with Peter McAleese serving as executive producer.
After two years of delays, Toronto’s film festival will return in September for its 47th edition, which will be in person and include Hollywood stars on red carpets and in cinemas. Sanaa Lathan’s feature film directorial debut On the Come Up, Clement Virgo’s Brother, and Netflix’s follow-up to Rian Johnson’s 2019 film Knives Out, starring Daniel Craig, will all have their world premieres at TIFF.
Viola Davis in an Incredible Tale!
The Woman King, starring Viola Davis, tells the extraordinary tale of the Agojie, a group of all-female warriors who, in the 1800s, defended the African Kingdom of Dahomey with prowess and ferocity never seen before in history. The emotionally compelling journey of General Nanisca, who was inspired by actual events, is followed in The Woman King, as she prepares the next generation of recruits for a fight with an adversary out to destroy their way of lives. There are certain things worth battling for…