The Woman King will have its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The epic film by director Gina Prince-Bythewood, in which Oscar winner Viola Davis stars and produces, debuts in theaters on September 16 in the United States and Canada.
The Woman King tells the tale of the Agojie, a group of all-female warriors who, in the 1800s, defended the African Kingdom of Dahomey with prowess and ferocity never before seen in history. Davis plays General Nanisca, who trains the upcoming recruits and gets them ready for battle against an enemy out to destroy their way of life. The role was inspired by actual events. There are some causes worth pursuing.
The film is produced by TriStar Pictures and eOne, and it also stars Thuso Mbedu, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Sheila Atim, Lashana Lynch, and John Boyega.
The Woman King was directed by Bythewood, with a screenplay and story by Dana Stevens and Maria Bello. The Woman King is produced by Cathy Schulman, who won an Oscar for Crash, in addition to Davis and Julius Tennon. Peter McAleese and Bello are the EPs. The Woman King’s trailer was debuted by Sony for the first time at CinemaCon.
The full festival schedule for TIFF’s 47th iteration, which runs from September 8 to 18, has not yet been released. The Woman King is the fifth world premiere to be announced for Toronto, following Clement Virgo’s Brother, Sanaa Lathan’s On the Come Up for Paramount Players/Paramount+, the Clement Johnson sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story, and Universal’s gay romantic comedy Bros with Billy Eichner.