Watch Viola Davis in ‘The Woman King’ Movie Trailer – The Hollywood Reporter

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Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis leads a fearless all-female African combat unit in the first trailer for The female kingwhich fell on Wednesday.

“We have a weapon they are not prepared for,” an ominous voiceover says at one point in the trailer, followed by General Nansica, played by Davis, emerging from the jungle undergrowth and surrounded by Agojie, a group of African female warriors ready for battle. against European invaders.

With echoes of Black Panther, the trailer shows the all-female military unit training and being encouraged by a fiercely determined Nansica. The female king is inspired by real events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The story follows Nanisca and Nawi, played by Thuso Mbedu as an ambitious rookie, who together fight enemies who have violated their honor, enslaved their people and threatened to destroy everything they lived for. “I offer you a choice. Fight or we die,” Nansica tells her fearless recruits.

John Boyega plays the ruler of Dahomey, King Ghezo, who is driven by Nansica to oppose the Europeans aiming to conquer their kingdom. “They won’t stop until all of Africa is theirs. We must fight back, for our people,” she told King Ghezo.

The female king is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who co-wrote the screenplay with Dana Stevens. Producer credits are shared by Davis, Cathy Schulman, Julius Tennon and Maria Bello, with Peter McAleese executive producing.

The female king will land in theaters on September 16. eOne co-financed and will release the picture in the UK and Canada, Tristar will release elsewhere in the world.

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