Lupita Nyong’o to star alongside Viola Davis in new film, writes Winnie Kabinte
Oscar winner and Hollywood sensation Lupita Nyong’o is set to feature in yet another mega film The Woman King, based on a true story.
The Woman King is an original story by Maria Bello, inspired by true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Nyong’o will play daughter to Viola Davis in the film, whose worldwide rights have been acquired by TriStar Pictures, American film studio a division of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group.
The Woman King revolves around 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 neighbouring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.
The film is produced by Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment, Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions, and Bello of Jack Blue Productions.
The latest big project for Nyong’o comes hot in the heels of record-smashing Black Panther premiere, which has created a buzz AKA “the Wakanda fever” across the world. Nyong’o is also set to star and produce a film adaptation of Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime.
“When I read Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime, I could not put the book down. Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation!” she announced on her Facebook page.
Nyong’o will play Noah’s mom, Patricia. Born a Crime was released in 2016 and has spent 26 weeks on the bestseller list and has won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards.