According to The Hollywood Reporter, Captain Marvel Star Lashana Lynch has officially signed up to star alongside Oscar winner Viola Davis in TriStar Pictures’ upcoming epic drama The woman king, inspired by true historical events. Lynch is said to portray the nameless role of a charming veteran warrior.
“Lashana is next level dope,” director Gina Prince-Bythewood said in a statement. “Not just her incredible abilities, but also who she projects into the world. She embodies these true warriors and we are so happy that she comes to play. “
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Based on real events in the Dahomey Kingdom 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, who fought together against the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to do anything destroy what they have lived.
The film will be directed by The old guard Filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood from a script she wrote with Dana Stevens. Alongside Davis and Lynch, it is also headed by Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad), who will play the role of Nawi. Black Panther Star Lupita Nyong’o was previously involved in playing the character.
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The woman king is produced by Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment with Davis and Julius Tennon and their JuVee Productions. Maria Bello from Jack Blue Productions will also be producing. Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee TriStar Pictures.