‘The Woman King’ Trailer: Viola Davis Rules an All-Female African Army in Sweeping Historical Epic

Viola Davis’ commanding presence has been put to good use: The Oscar and Emmy winner has transformed into a real-life African Agoji general for the historical epic “The Woman King.”Dubbed a female version of “Braveheart,” the film is directed by Gina Prince-Blythewood (“Love & Basketball”) and written by Dana Stevens.

Davis plays General Nanisca, who led the all-women warriors in defense of the West African kingdom Dahomey in present-day Benin during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, and Thuso Mbedu also star.In the trailer, Davis leads a tribe as white settlers arrive in Africa.

Nanisca (Davis) warns that the colonizers won’t stop until they own the entirety of Africa, leading King Ghezo (Boyega) to ask if starting a war is worth it.“I offer you a choice: fight or we die,” Davis as Nanisca states.

“We fight for our ancestors, we fight for the future.

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