Sony has released the first trailer for the Viola Davis action starring vehicle “The Woman King.” But before you think this is just another one of those female-led action thrillers, know this, the period piece follows the real-life female-military group known as the Agoije, who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey from foreign colonizers from the 1600 to 1904.
“The Woman King” comes at a time when representation is at the forefront of media. There is a demand to have more diversity in the content that we watch. And as such, we not only get to see even more stories, but marginalized communities get to see themselves in the characters that appear on screen. That goes a long way for those artists and audiences who felt unseen for so long. And, of course, should “The Woman King” be successful, it could be a launchpad for other studios to follow suit. Which means we get to see even more films about historical figures.
Now, the trailer gives us a small glimpse of what Prince-Bythewood and her creative team brought to this film. From the set and production designs, to the costuming. While there will be some “Black Panther” comparisons, “The Woman King” is on a different level because of its depiction of historical figures. And because this is a rare film event, the imagery of strength, power, and loyalty come across the screen in a way that’s rarely done. The way the Agoije display their courage and might through their sisterhood is a sight to see.
Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad), Lashana Lynch (“No Time To Die”), Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) also star.
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Old Guard”, using a screenplay penned by herself and Dana Stevens, based on a story by Maria Bello, “The Woman King” rises to theaters on September 16, 2022.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “The Woman King:”
The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Inspired by true events, The Woman King follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca (Oscar®-winner Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. Some things are worth fighting for…