The historical epic film is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and revolves around an all-women fighting force called the Agojie
A still from The Woman King
Last Updated: 07.13 AM, Sep 28, 2022
The Woman King, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and starring Viola Davis in the lead, is all set to hit screens in India on October 14 and will release in English and Tamil. The Woman King revolves around Agojie, an all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen, says the synopsis of the film.
The plot, which is inspired by real events, follows the journey of General Nanisca (played by Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and prepares them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. The film is packed with powerful performances, stirring battle scenes, elaborate costume and set designs, and seminal filmmaking.
The Woman King has been highly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike and is touted as this season’s Academy award contender. The Woman King is also only one of two movies this year to have received the A+ CinemaScore – one of the most prestigious and credible scores to be conferred upon movies basis audience surveys.
What's interesting is that it is helmed by women artists on all fronts, right from Academy, Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy award-winning actor, Viola Davis, International Emmy award-winning Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, who has made history as the first Black female to be cast as 007 and Sheila Atim in the cast to Gina Prince-Bythewood who has directed the film. The rest of the womenfolk include writers Dana Stevens and Maria Bello, producer Cathy Schulman, cinematographer Polly Morgan, costume designer Gersha Phillips and more.
The Woman King premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9 and released in theatres on September 16. The Indian release will follow next month and fans in India are excited about the same.