Viola Davis leads an all-female African army in historical epic

OSCAR and Emmy Award winner Viola Davis turned into a real-life African General Agoji for a historical epic. woman king.

The film is directed by Gina Prince-Blythewood.Love and Basketball, old guard) and written by Dana Stevens. The trailer was released earlier this week, and fans have already dubbed the film a female adaptation. brave heartthe epic of Scottish independence.

Davis portrays General Naniska, who led female warriors in the defense of the West African country of Dahomey in the 18th and 19th centuries in present-day Benin. Also starring Lashana Lynch, John Boyega and Tuso Mbedu.

The film takes place at a time when white Europeans begin to invade Africa. In the trailer, Naniska warns that the colonizers will not stop “until they have all of Africa”, prompting King Ghezo (Boyega) to question the value of starting a war.

“I’m offering you a choice: fight or we die,” Davis declares as Naniska. “We fight for our ancestors, we fight for the future.”

Formerly, the all-female warriors of Agojie, also known as Amazons, were called “beasts” and “courageous”. Davis and director Prince-Blythewood aimed to bring the reality of the story to the big screen, rather than racial clichés.

Prince Blythewood said Vanity Fair: “I wanted it to be real, visceral and raw. We didn’t want to show them as just one – tough women killing. They also laughed, loved and cried. We wanted to show all of their humanity, not just the cool part that would look good in a trailer.”

woman king premiere September 16th. Watch the trailer below: