The Woman King Movie (2022) Cast & Crew, Release Date, Story, Review, Poster, Trailer, Budget, Collection

The Woman King

September 16, 2022
2hr 15min
Status: released

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The Woman King Movie Details:

Country United States
Language English
Release dateSeptember 16, 2022 (United States)
Running time2hr 15min
StarringViola Davis
Thuso Mbedu
Lashana Lynch
John Boyega
Adrienne Warren
Sheila Atim
Hero Fiennes Tiffin
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Screenplay by Dana Stevens
Story byDana Stevens
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Produced byCathy Schulman
Viola Davis
Julius Tennon
Maria Bello
Cinematography Polly Morgan
Edited by Terilyn A. Shropshire
Music by Terence Blanchard
Production CompaniesTriStar Pictures
Welle Entertainment
JuVee Productions
Jack Blue Productions
Entertainment One
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing

The Woman King Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Viola Davis as General Nanisca
  • Wanda Banda as Young Nanisca
  • Thuso Mbedu as Nawi
  • Lashana Lynch as Izogie
  • Sheila Atim as Amenza
  • Lethabo as Young Amenza
  • Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Santo Ferreira
  • John Boyega as King Ghezo
  • Jordan Bolger as Malik
  • Jimmy Odukoya as General Oba Ade
  • Joel Mukadi as Young Oba
  • Masali Baduza as Fumbe
  • Jayme Lawson as Shante
  • Adrienne Warren as Ode
  • Shaina West as Esi
  • Chioma Umeala as Tara
  • Siyamthanda Makakane as Cindra
  • Siv Ngesi as the Migan
  • Angélique Kidjo as the Meunon
  • Zozibini Tunzi as Efe
  • Makgotso M as Iniya
  • Thando Dlomo as Kelu
  • Julian Tennon as Moru


The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness, unlike anything the world has ever had seen. Inspired by true events, the movie follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. Some things are worth fighting for.

The Woman King Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget$50 million
Worldwide Collection$97.6 million

About The Woman King Movie:

The Woman King is an American historical action-adventure film about the Agojie, the all-female warrior unit that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey during the 17th to 19th centuries. Set in the 1820s, the film stars Viola Davis as a general who trains the next generation of warriors to fight their enemies. It is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and written by Dana Stevens, based on a story she wrote with Maria Bello. The film also stars Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and John Boyega.

Bello conceived the idea for The Woman King in 2015 after visiting Benin, where the kingdom used to be located, and learning the history of the Agojie. She recruited Cathy Schulman to develop it into a feature film, pitching it to several studios, who turned it down due to financial concerns. After they met with TriStar Pictures in 2017, the film was greenlit in 2020.

Production began in South Africa in November 2021, shut down due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant a few weeks later, and resumed in early 2022. Polly Morgan was the cinematographer. During post-production, the musical score was composed by Terence Blanchard, and editing was completed by Terilyn A. Shropshire.

The Woman King had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2022, and Sony Pictures Releasing released the film in theaters in the United States on September 16, 2022. Following the festival screening, the film received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise directed towards Davis’s performance and the action choreography, though it received criticism for historical distortion of slavery.

At the 28th Critics’ Choice Awards the film received nominations for Best Costume Design, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director, and Best Actress for Davis. Furthermore, Davis also earned Best Actress nominations at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA Film Awards, and NAACP Image Awards.

It was the last film to be distributed by Entertainment One in Canada before the distributor’s Canadian division was shut down on June 29, 2022 alongside with its Spanish distribution shortly before the film’s release.