In “The Woman King“ is all about the Agoije, a unit from Elite-Women warriors who protected the Kingdom of Dahomey (a West African kingdom found on the coast of the Bay of Benin until the late 19th century) against other tribes and foreign invaders.
Due to their resemblance to the mythical Amazons, the warrior women were also dubbed the “Dahomey Amazons” by western explorers. The military women’s regiment was then born out of necessity: After the male population had declined due to constant wars in neighboring states, as well as the slave trade and annual sacrifices, an elite female force was formed to protect the kingdom.
The story of the “Dahomey Amazons” is now being told in the action historical film “The Woman King’ narrated by director Gina Prince Bythewood (“The Old Guard”). The film is scheduled to hit cinemas in Germany on October 13, 2022.
Not only viewers who have a certain interest in history get their money’s worth, but also fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe…
The “Dahomey Amazons” form the historical basis for the Dora Milaje. the EliteSquad, made up of female bodyguards who protect the Kingdom of Wakanda against dark forces and western evil, was featured extensively in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. The Dora Milaje took it in the later “Avengers”-films even with villain Thanos and his followers. Also in “Black Panther 2” the Elite-Women warriors will certainly play a role again.
In “The Woman KingIt’s all about Nanisca (Academy Award winner Viola Davis) commanding the strongest troops on the African continent. Known as the “Dahomey” Amazons, this elite force is feared by their enemies due to their exceptionally high pain resistance and their absolute ruthlessness on the battlefield. The trailer already proves that we can expect some brutal action sequences in this regard.
Together with her daughter Nawi (Thuso Mbedu), Nanisca fights against French conquerors who threaten her existence. Already scores of the kingdom’s inhabitants have died at the hands of the brutal invaders or been taken prisoner where a chained fate awaits them. Nanisca does not want to face the superiority that threatens to destroy everything that is sacred to her, but she does not want to face it without a fight. And so she’s training a new generation of recruits…
In addition to Viola Davis, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Denzel Washington’s “Fences”, John Boyega (“Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens) as King Ghezo and 007 actress Lashana Lynch from No Time To Die.
Here you can watch the trailer again in the original English version: