The Woman King is an action-drama movie directed by the American film director and screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood. The screenplay of The Woman King is written by Bythewood along with Dana Stevens as the co-writer. The Woman King movie is based on a true storyline by Maria Bello. The Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis will be playing the role of the lead protagonist in this movie — a role we’ve never seen her play before.
According to The Woman King reviews, this movie tells the story of the true and horrific event of the Dahomey Amazons. A tale of the constant fight for survival strikes again on humanity where we see the Agojie unite under one roof to protect the West African kingdom of Dahomey during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
Maria Bello pitched this movie to Viola Davis during the ‘Women Making History Awards Ceremony 2015’ in front of a live audience. Davis was taken away by this outstandingly horrific story and from the Los Angeles National Women’s History Museum, The Woman King came a long way into becoming a fully-fledged movie in 2022 where Davis and Bello are the co-producers. The Woman King release date is set for September 2022, and this movie is going to be distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
When Does The Woman King Come Out?
On the 16th of September, 2022, The Woman King is going to make its official release in theatres. It implies that the movie is not going to be available on OTT platforms for streaming for at least a couple of months after the release. The release date for OTT streaming has not been confirmed yet. So if you wish to watch this movie, then you will have to visit your nearest movie theatre to enjoy this invigorating and compelling story of the Agojies.
The Woman KingTrailer
The Woman King trailer 2022 was released on the 6th of July. This trailer takes us to the land of Dahomey where we get a glimpse of vicious brutality and extreme barbarity by which Dahomey is threatened. We also get to see the Agojie, an all-female warrior unit, assemble in oneness to fight for their beloved land. The trailer also shows us the back-breaking training methods adopted by the Dahomey Amazons to fight away the brutal perpetrators from the outside.
The Woman King Story
The Woman King is set in the late 1800s in Dahomey, a kingdom located in West Africa. The story of The Woman King introduces us to the Agojie, an all-female military regiment who are willing to sacrifice their lives in exchange for the freedom of their motherland. Historians call these warrior women Dahomey amazons because of their uncanny resemblance to the mythological Amazons. War being the constant marker of death and the sole reason for the high mortality rate of men in Dahomey compels the women to take up weapons in order to fight for their kingdom and save it from outside aggressors. At one point, the Dahomey military, in its entirety, becomes an all-women regime.
The Woman King cast consists of Viola Davis as the chief protagonist who plays the role of General Nanisca when Dahomey is faced with a threat from the European forces. They are faced with an epic war and how she fights these blood-thirsty European hounds is based on the Franco-Dahomeyan war that happened between 1890 and 1894. Played by Thuso Mbedu, Nawi is a new recruit of the Dahomey Amazons who is a character based on the very real ‘last Dahomey Amazon’ of the same name. Nawi, in a 1978 interview, said that she fought against the French in 1892. She went on to live until 1979 when she succumbed to natural death.
We see the Dahomey Amazons or the Agojie having multiple references in popular culture long before it was actually featured in The Woman King. The 2018 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, The Black Panther, showed us something strikingly similar to the Dahomey Amazons. In The Black Panther, we saw the Dora Milaje, an all-female military unit, instead of the Dahomey Amazons who were equally trained for serving as guards and bodyguards.
Where Can I Stream The Woman King?
The Woman King is not yet available for streaming. The movie will be available only in theatres.