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Lupita Nyong'o and Viola Davis to Portray Real-life African Warrior Women in New Film

Lupita Nyong'o and Viola Davis are teaming up to bring a real-life African drama to the big screen.
Mar 2, 2018 by: WENN


Lupita Nyong'o and Viola Davis to Portray Real-life African Warrior Women in New Film

Lupita Nyong'o and Viola Davis are teaming up to bring a real-life African drama to the big screen.

The two Oscar winners will play mother and daughter in The Woman King, which is based on historical events that took place in West Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Davis will play the general of an all-female militia, known as the Amazons, while Nyong'o, who plays a rogue warrior in the new Black Panther blockbuster, will play her daughter.

The two women led an army that fought the French and neighbouring tribesfolk, who threatened to destroy their community.

Producer Cathy Schulman admits the success of Black Panther has fired up support for The Woman King, stating, "It just showed us how the power of imagination and lore could reveal a world without gender and racial stereotypes.

"The Woman King will tell one of history’s greatest forgotten stories from the real world in which we live, where an army of African warrior women staved off slavery, colonialism and inter-tribal warfare to unify a nation."

In Black Panther, Lupita's character is part of an all-female army who swear allegiance to the King of Wakanda, aka Black Panther.