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Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct Viola Davis in 'The Woman King'


Gina Prince-Bythewood, the American director and screenwriter, will helm new historical film The Woman King starring Viola Davis.

The film, inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, will follow Davis’ character Nanisca who is the general of an all-female military unit. Together with her daughter Nawi, Nanisca goes to battle with the French and neighbouring tribes who violated their honour.

The Kingdom of Dahomey, which was a powerful state of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries, included key coastal cities such as Dahomey, which became a major centre in the Atlantic Slave Trade and was shrouded in conflict.

The new film, which is being fronted by Oscar-winning Davis, will also welcome Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment on producing duties. Building up the team, Maria Bello of Jack Blue Productions and Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions will work alongside director Prince-Bythewood.

“We at JuVee are beyond excited to introduce this incredible story of the Women Warriors of The Dahomey Ahosi tribe to the world,” Tennon and Davis said in a joint statement. “It’s time that they truly occupy their place in history and in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s hands, it will be a game-changer. This project could not be a more perfect example of our legacy.”