In a new trailer for the upcoming historical epic The Woman King, Viola Davis is an action warrior who leads her all-female legion into battle.
Venerable actress Viola Davis is an action warrior in the trailer by The Woman King. Davis plays the role of the general Nanisca, the leader of the Dahomey Amazons (also known as Agojie or Mino), the all-female regiment of the West African Kingdom of Dahomey.
Originally based on a story by actress Maria Bello, the film is written by Dana Stevens, scribe of The Nightingale, and Gina Prince-Bythewood of Love & Basketball, who will also be the director of the film. The Woman King centers on Nanisca who leads her army of female warriors against a European invasion that threatens their kingdom. John Boyega, Sheila Atim, Lashana Lynch, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Thuso Mbedu complete the cast.
. In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Davis shared that she trains four hours a day, five days a week to physically prepare for the role: “Bodybuilding, sprinting, martial arts and machete weapons training”.