The Woman King cast: Who does Viola Davis play? (and more!)

Viola Davis stars in THE WOMAN KING. © 2021 CTMG, Inc. Cr. Ilze Kitshoff/Sony
Viola Davis stars in THE WOMAN KING. © 2021 CTMG, Inc. Cr. Ilze Kitshoff/Sony /
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The Woman King is the perfect title to watch for Black History Month because not only does the 2022 title inform audiences of a real-life story that happened in ages past but also because it celebrates all forms of Black life, both triumphs and tribulations. What’s more, the film captured the attention of all critics during this awards season, so it’s a good chance that this title may score a couple of Academy Awards shortly.

Fortunately for you, you won’t have to experience any FOMO, as Netflix recently added the title to its platform. But before you do tune into this monumental film, we need to tell who you can expect to see. Without further ado, here’s the cast of The Woman King!

Who’s in the cast of The Woman King?

Viola Davis, the amazing actress who finally secured her EGOT status, stars as Nanisca. Nanisca can be best described as a powerful leader who is willing to do anything to settle the scores with her foes. She is the head of the Agojie, a group of female warriors, and sets out to liberate her country by any means necessary.

Davis is joined by many more phenomenal actors and actresses who do a fine job of bringing this project to life. Here’s the full cast of The Woman King:

  • Lashana Lynch as Izogie
  • Thuso Mbedu as Nawi
  • John Boyega as King Ghezo
  • Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Santo Ferreira
  • Thuso Mbedu as Nawi
  • Sheila Atim as Amenza
  • Jordan Bolger as Malik
  • Jimmy Odukoya as General Oba Ade
  • Masali Baduza as Fumbe
  • Jayme Lawson as Shante
  • Adrienne Warren as Ode
  • Siv Ngesi as the Migan
  • Angélique Kidjo as the Meunon
  • Zozibini Tunzi as Efe
  • Makgotso M as Iniya
  • Julian Tennon as Moru
  • Thando Dlomo as Kelu

You can see all these stars in the official trailer for the 2022 film below.

Now that you know who’s set to appear in the film, it’s time to learn all about the story behind The Woman King.

What is The Woman King about?

The Woman King follows General Nanisca journey to turn young women into soldiers capable of defending their African country against colonizers and anyone else who seeks to disturb the peace. This task is far from easy, as women going to war is looked down upon. Even so, the General understands that if she doesn’t take her freedom for herself and her people, freedom will be nothing but a hopeful wish.

Read more on the official synopsis below via Sony Pictures:

"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 seen. Inspired by true events, The Woman King follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca as she inspires the King to take on the enemies determined to violate their honor and destroy their way of life. Some things are worth fighting for…"

If you love everything about this film, it’s high time for you to head to Netflix to stream every second of The Woman King.

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