the woman king
Academy Award-winning actresses Viola Davis and Black Panther headliner Lupita Nyong’o are at the center of TriStar Pictures’s most recent endeavors as of the start of the month. For this, we turn to African Amazonian story, The Woman King, the company’s most recent worldwide rights acquisition based on true events with an original story by Maria Bello.
Inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa 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 (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.
The film is still seeking a director with Bello producing via Jack Blue Productions next to Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment, and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions. Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee the project for TriStar Pictures.
“The Woman King is the powerful true story of an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship,” said Hannah Minghella, President of TriStar Pictures. “And there’s no-one more extraordinary than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to bring them to life.”
“The Woman King the potential to be a game changer for women of color everywhere,” said Julius Tennon. “Viola and our team at JuVee are beyond excited to partner with Sony/TriStar to bring these fierce women to the big screen.”
Cathy Schulman added “Black Panther 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.”
Viola Davis is represented by CAA, the Lasher Group, and Litcher, Grossman, Nichols, and Adler & Feldman. Lupita Nyong’o is represented by Del Shaw and CAA. Maria Bello is represented by UTA and John Carrabino Management.