Oscar award-winning actresses, Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o will star as mother and daughter in the upcoming flick, ‘The Woman King.’
According to The Hollywood Reporter “Inspired by true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries, The Woman King tells the story of Nanisca (Davis), general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter, Nawi (Nyong’o), who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for,” and is based on an idea by Maria Bello.
“The Woman King is the powerful true story of an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship,” said TriStar president Hannah Minghella in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “And there’s no one more extraordinary than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to bring them to life.”
Davis took to Instagram to express her excitement over the news!
“I’m looking forward to working with this exquisite gem. Happy birthday @LupitaNyongo! ••• Hope y’all ready for this! #TheWomanKing #JackBlueInc #WelleEnt #JuVee (Link in Bio)
Repost via @JuVeeProductions”
The movie is still in development, and there is currently no date for when shooting will begin. Nyong’o is currently promoting the record-breaking Marvel movie, Black Panther.
Until then, the season four premiere of How To Get Away With Murder begins March 8th.