Bow down to Viola Davis in the action-packed trailer for ‘The Woman King’

Viola Davis Ready for battle (and another Oscar) in the exciting first trailer for The Woman King.

Inspired by real events, the historical epic tells the story of General Nansiki (Davis), a female militia leader who defended the West African kingdom of Dahomey in present-day Benin until the 20th century. An elite group of warriors known as the Agoji served as inspiration for Dora Milahe in Marvel“Black Panther”.

Lashana Lynch, Tuso Mbedu and John Boyega also star in the film, which was directed and co-written by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who previously directed NetflixThe Old Guard and the 2000s classic Love and Basketball.

“They won’t stop until all of Africa is theirs,” Davis tells King Gezo (Boyega) in the clip as European ships prepare to invade the continent. “We must fight back for our people.”

And they fight as Davis and her fellow warriors brutally strike back at the colonialists, to the sound of Beyoncé’s “My Power” from the singer’s Black Is King album.

Together, Naniska and rookie Navi (Mbedu) defeat enemies who have “violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they lived for” with “skill and ferocity unlike anything the world has ever seen” . official synopsis.

“I have never had such a role. It’s transformative,” Davis, who also produced the film, recently said. Vanity Fair. “You always have a vision for your career, but there are very few roles as an actress of color. Dark skin with a wide nose and large lips. I’m just going to keep saying it. These stories are unusually limited.”

“I knew what it would mean for us black people. Something that has never been done before. And what will that mean for the black women sitting in this theater. The responsibility is really high,” she added.

To transform into a formidable general, the How to Get Away with Murder graduate went through months of training, including weight lifting, sprinting, and martial arts and weapons training “four hours a day, five days a week.”

The role comes after Davis. Cool got a performance as Michelle Obama in the Showtime anthology series The First Lady, which received some of the worst reviews of her career.

“How do you get away from pain, from failure?” Davis said about accepting the role. “You have to. Not everything will be worthy of awards.”

But with The Woman King hitting theaters September 16, she might have another one.