As we reported on back in July 2020, the TriStar Pictures film is set in the African Kingdom of Dahomey, which was one of the continent’s most powerful states during the 18th and 19th centuries. Davis will be starring as Nanisca, the general of an all-female military unit that fought those who violated their honour, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.
Boyega will be playing King Ghezo, who ruled Dahomey from 1818 to 1858. The cast includes Lashana Lynch (No Time to Die) and Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad), the latter of whom will play Nawi, an ambitious recruit.
The film is to be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who directed 2020 Charlize Theron actioner The Old Guard for Netflix and whose credits include The Secret Life of Bees and Love & Basketball. Prince-Bythewood also co-wrote the screenplay with Dana Stevens (Fatherhood, City of Angels, Safe Haven).
“I have been enamoured by John’s immense talent for years, but his speech to Black women during the protests cemented my desire to work with him,” Prince-Bythewood said in a statement. “The description of King Ghezo reads, ‘He walks as if the earth were honoured by its burden.’ John possesses that innate depth and swagger, and I’m so excited to put it on screen.”
Boyega has a number of projects on the horizon, including sci-fi film They Cloned Tyrone, with Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Paris; true-story drama 892, with the late Michael Kenneth Williams and Connie Britton; and IRA thriller Borderland, with Felicity Jones and Jodie Turner-Smith.