The woman king is an upcoming American historical epic film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, from a screenplay she co-wrote with Dana Stevens and a story by Maria Bello.
The movie is scheduled to be released in the United States on September 16, 2022, by Sony Pictures.
It is based on the true story of the Dahomey Amazons. It stars Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and John Boyega. Davis and Bello also produced the film.
The film focuses on General Nanisca of the Dahomey Amazons (an all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey) and Nawi, an ambitious recruit. It depicts how they “fought enemies who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they have lived for.
The Dahomey Amazons (Fon: “Mino” or “Minon” or “Agoji“) were a Fon all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey which existed until 1904. They were so named by Western observers and historians due to their similarity to the mythical Amazons of ancient Anatolia and the Black Sea. This unusual emergence of an all-female military regiment was the result of Dahomey’s male population facing high casualties in frequent warfare with neighboring West African states, as well as Dahomey being forced to annually give male slaves to the Oyo Empire. The lack of men likely led the kings of Dahomey to recruit women into the army.