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The Woman King is more than an action movie – it shines a light on the women warriors of Benin

The Woman King is more than an action movie – it shines a light on the women warriors of Benin

THE Woman King is a big-budget Hollywood movie that has been anticipated since 2018 when US star Viola Davis was announced as the lead in the story of the “amazons” of Dahomey. Rising South African star Thuso Mbedu also takes a key role in the film, which has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is heading to cinemas worldwide. The action blockbuster is adding to renewed global interest in the historical women warriors of Dahomey, a kingdom that flourished in the 1700s and 1800s in what is today Benin in West Africa. The “amazons” were exceptionally skilful women…
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South Africa’s Mbedu to star alongside Viola Davis

South Africa’s Mbedu to star alongside Viola Davis

MPHO RANTAO ACTRESS Thuso Mbedu’s journey to international superstardom is gaining serious momentum.  The South African actress, currently shooting in the US, has been cast alongside Academy award-winning actress Viola Davis in the film, The Woman King.  And Davis is super-impressed with Mbedu.  “The depth and complexity of emotional life, her authentic beauty, and regalness is potent. We were mesmerized by Thuso Mbedu. We wanted Woman King / Nawi to be the vehicle to introduce her on the big screen” said Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions.  JuVee is one of the production companies listed to be involved…
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