Sony Pictures today presents an unreleased clip from The Woman King , the new film with Viola Davis soon in theaters.


The title of the clip is “Izogie Standoff”, referring to the character played by Lashana Lynch.

The Woman King is inspired by a true story: that of the Agoije (known in the West as the “Amazons of Dahomey”), a regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey made up only of women, which existed until 1904. The male population had in fact been decimated in the wars with other African states, while an annual tribute of male slaves was owed by Dahomey to the neighboring Oyo Empire. With few men available, the kings decided to recruit women.

Viola Davis plays General Nanisca , head of the regiment (founded in 1729). Thuso Mbedu is her daughter Di lei Nawi , who fights with her against the French invaders and the armies of other African countries.

The official synopsis

The Woman King is the extraordinary story of the Agojie, a regiment of female warriors from the African kingdom of Dahomey, in the nineteenth century, with skills and pride like never before in the world. Inspired by real events, it follows the epic and exciting journey of General Nanisca (Oscar winner Viola Davis) as he trains the next generation of recruits and prepares them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. Some things are worth fighting for …

The cast

In addition to and Thuso Mbedu , the cast also includes Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, John Boyega, Adrienne Warren, Masali Baduza, Angélique Kidjo, Jimmy Odukoya, Thando Dlomo, Jordan Bolger, Zozibini Tunzi, Makgotso M and Siv Ngesi .

The screenplay

The script is the work of Dana Stevens and Gina Prince-Bythewood .