Fresh off the euphoria and elation from the record-breaking feel-good movie of the decade, Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o is set to play the lead role in another powerful and uplifting film based in Africa titled The Woman King.
Academy Award-winner Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) will star alongside Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis who will play her mother in the TriStar film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The movie is inspired by true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, unquestionably one of the more powerful countries of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.The Woman King follows Nanisca (Davis), who is the general of the all-female military squadron known as the Amazons. Along with her daughter, Nawi (played by Nyong’o), they fought the French and neighboring African tribes who posed formidable threats to their way of life.
The idea for the film was birthed by actress Maria Bello, who will produce the film through her Jack Blue Productions. Cathy Schulman will produce through her Welle Entertainment. Davis will also produce alongside her husband Julius Tennon through their JuVee Productions.
“‘The Woman King’ is the powerful true story of an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship,” said TriStar president Hannah Minghella, who will oversee the project with Nicole Brown. “And there’s no one more extraordinary than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to bring them to life.”
Davis is currently starring as the protagonist in the fourth season of the ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” and will next be seen in Steve McQueen’s crime thriller Widows.
Nyong’o is currently starring the mega blockbuster Black Panther and is set for the zombie comedy Little Monsters.