Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Oscar winning actresses Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o are teaming up for a new mother and daughter film titled The Woman King. The project has been acquired by TriStar and is being produced through Davis’ JuVee Productions.

According to S&A, The Woman King is inspired by true events in the Kingdom of Dahomey, a powerful state in 18th century. It will tell the story of Nanisca (Davis), general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi (Nyong’o), who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.

“I’m looking forward to working with this exquisite gem. Happy birthday @LupitaNyongo! ••• Hope y’all ready for this,” said Davis on her Instagram page.

The story comes from Maria Bello and Cathy Schulman‘s Welle Entertainment.

The Woman King has the potential to be a game changer for women of color everywhere. Viola and our team at JuVee are beyond excited to partner with Sony/TriStar to bring these fierce women to the big screen,” said Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions.

RC will keep you posted as this project continues to develop.

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