Director Gina Prince-Blythewood has always directed films about strong women. From athlete Monica in Love & Basketball to singer Noni in Beyond the Lights, they're united by their strength in adversity. But she's moved on from small-budget dramas to full-on blockbusters. Her adaptation of The Old Guard was a massive hit for Netflix, and her latest looks like her biggest film yet.
Viola Davis plays General Nanisca, who forms an all-woman army to defend against invading Europeans. The Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner looks like she's undergone a complete physical transformation. While the film is based on historical events, the reality of the Kingdom of Dahomey includes some unspeakable atrocities. So it will be fascinating to see how the film balances fact with fiction. The cast also includes Lashana Lynch and John Boyega, who are no strangers to action films themselves.
The Woman King opens in theaters on September 16.