Just as she becomes a stateside breakout star with her starring role in Barry Jenkins‘ upcoming Amazon series, The Underground Railroad, Thuso Mbedu has booked another starring role. She has been cast opposite Viola Davis in TriStar’s The Woman King, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Lupita Nyong’o was initially primed for the role a few years back. Dana Stevens wrote the script.
As we reported back in 2018, the film is inspired by true events in the Kingdom of Dahomey, a powerful state in the 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 (Mbedu0, 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 depth and complexity of emotional life, her authentic beauty, and regalness is potent,” said Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions to Deadline. “We were mesmerized by Thuso Mbedu. We wanted Woman King / Nawi to be the vehicle to introduce her on the big screen.”
“Thuso is a generational talent. Her craft, her work ethic, her depth, her passion inspired us all and I cannot wait to play. She is a warrior,” said Prince-Bythewood.