Hollywood has finally come around to the idea of giving dark-skinned black actresses a shot. But we’re only allowed to have two at once and they have to be different ages! Luckily the Chosen Two, Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis are teaming up to play mother and daughter in the upcoming film titled The Woman King. According to Deadline, TWK is not another live action remake of The Lion King where Nala rips our Simba’s throat to take her rightful place on the throne, but it is a tale set in Africa. And it’s based on a true story.
Based on the true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful West African states 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.
Well ok, at least it’s not a remake! They are going to take my black card away for this but I still haven’t seen Black Panther yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t recognize an “inspiration” when I see one. One of the films producers is clearly working double time to snatch some of that sweet, sweet BP heat. And let’s not forget that hot, hot Wonder Woman thunder either. Producer Cathy Schulman said:
“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.”
It’s an original script written and produced by women starring two amazing actresses so I don’t have a thing to complain about here…. unless Hollywood pulls a Hollywood and puts Jennifer Lawrence in it and gets Ron Howard (or similar) to direct.