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The Woman King: Everything You Need To Know


We might have only just hit February, but 2022 has already been a great year for seriously gripping TV (season two of Euphoria and the fourth season of The Sinner, anyone?) and it’s only set to get better – we’re talking Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends (finally!), Netflix’s upcoming J-Lo documentary and season four of Killing Eve to name but a few.

The upcoming film landscape is equally impressive, and The Woman King – due to be released in the autumn – is the movie we’re literally counting down the days for. 

Starring Viola Davis as the lead character, the stellar line up also includes the likes of Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, Adrienne Warren, Shelia Atim, Jayme Lawsom and Hero Fiennes Tiffin.

Inspired by the historical true events that happened in The Kingdom of Dahomey – one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries – here’s everything we know about the film so far.

What is The Woman King about?

In the Kingdom of Dahomey – a West African kingdom located that existed from around 1600 until 1904 within present-day Benin – Nanisca (played by Viola Davis) is the leader of an all-female military unit, and Nawi (Thuso Mbedu) is her newest ambitious recruit. Together, Nanisca and Nawi fight thee enemies who have dared to breached their honour, enslaved their people and who have threatened to destroy everything they have lived for.

Who is working on The Woman King, and who will be playing who?

The film is being directed by Gina Price-Bythewood, who’s impressive CV includes The Old Guard in 2020, Beyond the Lights in 2014 and The Secret Life of Bees back in 2008. Price-Bythewood co-wrote The Woman King’s screenplay with Dana Stevens – whose writing credits include 1998’s City of Angels, Safe Haven in 2013 and Fatherhood in 2021.

While we don’t know exactly who will be playing every character just yet, we do know that starring alongside Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu will be John Boyega as King Ghezo, the monarch who ruled the Kingdom of Dahomey between 1818-1858; with them will be Lashana Lynch (who was most recently in Captain Marvel and No Time To Die); Orange Is The New Black’s Adrienne Warren and Hero Fiennes Tiffin, who played none other than a young Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

What are people saying about The Woman King so far?

Lead actor Viola Davis tweeted earlier this week saying, “I’m deeply honored and excited to bring this incredible story of these badass female warriors to life”

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And talking about John Boyega’s casting in September 2021, Price-Bythewood, the film’s director, said: “I have been enamored by John’s immense talent for years, but his speech to Black women during the [Black Lives Matter] protests cemented my desire to work with him. The description of King Ghezo reads, ‘He walks as if the earth were honored by its burden.’ John possesses that innate depth and swagger, and I’m so excited to put it on screen.”

When is The Woman King out in cinemas?

The Woman King is scheduled for US release on 16 September 2022, but we don’t have a date for UK release just yet. 

Is there a trailer for The Woman King?

Not yet, but Viola has shared the first images from the film – and believe us when we tell you they look seriously epic:

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Not that we want to wish the year away, but only another seven months wait…





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