The Woman King star Viola Davis has revealed that she was confident of the movie’s success because of the “power” of the story.
In an interview with Variety, Oscar winner Davis added that she also believed Black women would contribute to the success of the movie.
She said: “It feels like I never doubted that “The Woman King” would land because it landed with me.”
“It landed with Gina. It landed with Julius. It’s an undeniable, powerful story. The way we see numbers today is not the way we see the numbers. I think people have a tendency to say, we only represent a certain percentage of the box office.
“We know Black women. We know they’re going to bring people they work with, spouses and families, and come back five or six times during the weekend. We are in an industry that doesn’t see the power Black women have at the global box office.”
The Woman King follows a group of all-female warriors who protect the African kingdom of Dahomey with skills and fierceness, unlike anything the world has ever seen.
Faced with a new threat, Gen. Nanisca (played by Davis) trains the next generation of recruits to fight against a foreign enemy that’s determined to destroy their way of life.
Watch the trailer for The Woman King below.