“The Woman King” premiered Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival to a glowing reception. With Viola Davis starring as General Nanisca, commander of the Agoije, an all-woman army that defends the Kingdom of Dahomey, the film depicts an ongoing war with the Oyo Empire and the leadership of Dahomey’s newest ruler, King Ghezo (John Boyega).
The Woman King is close to a Miracle’ Viola Davis said the ‘fight’ to get her movie off the ground included ”fighting for actors, fighting for the director, fighting for the integrity of the project“
She added, “I wish people could be a fly on the wall so they can understand the process of getting a film made. It’s a lot of walking out of rooms just cussing, just putting my hands up going, ‘Oh my God, can you believe that happened? Can you believe we have to fight for this?’ And fighting for everything. Fighting for actors, fighting for the director, fighting for the integrity of the project.”
More on to making a film, Davis described the headache of working with studios to find a director from lists of approved filmmakers that included the Christopher Nolans and David Finchers and Steven Spielbergs of the world, who are busy with other things. “And then fighting for other female directors who are names, who are busy doing other things, too, and fighting for the directors who are names that are too frightened of it, people who never even read the script.”
Women King screening from this October 07 in Lite Cinemas!
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