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Film & TV News See Viola Davis Lead an All-Female Group of Warriors in The Woman King Trailer

The historical drama also stars stage favorites Adrienne Warren, Jayme Lawson, and Sheila Atim.

Inspired by true events, The Woman King tells the story of a 19th century all-female group of warriors—called the Agojie— who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey. The new historical drama from Sony Pictures boasts an all-star cast led by Oscar and two-time Tony winner Viola Davis, last seen on Broadway in the 2010 revival of Fences, a role which she reprised on screen. 

The How to Get Away with Murder actor is accompanied by stage favorites Adrienne Warren, a Tony Award winner for her portrayal of Tina Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical; Jayme Lawson, best known for playing Lady in Red in the Off-Broadway revival of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf; Sheila Atim, whose stage credits include West End productions of Girl from the North Country and Constellations; and John Boyega, who last starred onstage as the title character in Old Vic's Woyzeck.

Also starring is Lashana Lynch, soon to make her movie-musical debut as Miss Honey in Netflix's Matilda the Musical.

The Woman King also stars Thuso Mbedu and Hero Fiennes Tiffin. The movie is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, with a story by Maria Bello and a screenplay by Dana Stevens and Prince-Bythewood. Producers include Cathy Schulman, Davis, Julius Tennon, and Maria Bello. Peter McAleese is executive producer.

Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee the project for TriStar Pictures.


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