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‘The Woman King’: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and Everything We Know So Far

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‘The Woman King’: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and Everything We Know So Far

The Woman King is an upcoming action-drama directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard). Prince-Bythewood co-wrote the screenplay with Dana Stevens (Fatherhood) based on a storyline from Maria Bello (A History of Violence). Starring Oscar-winner Viola Davis (Fences) in a role we’ve never before seen her in, this movie is based on the epic and true story of the Dahomey Amazons and their fight for survival.

The movie was pitched by Bello to Davis in front of a live audience in 2015 during the Women Making History Awards ceremony at the Los Angeles National Women’s History Museum. Now, Maria Bello and Viola Davis are co-producers for the finished product. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, The Woman King is set to be released in September 2022. This article will tell you everything you need to know before then!

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Related:‘The Woman King’ First Images Reveal Viola Davis as a Fierce, Real-Life General

When Does The Woman King Come Out and Where Can I Watch It?

The movie will be released exclusively to theaters on September 16, 2022, which means it won’t be available to stream for at least a few months after. The digital release date and streaming platform(s) have not yet been confirmed at this point.

If you want more insight into what to expect from The Woman King, give Black Panther another watch if you, like many others, were fascinated by the athleticism, courage, and military prowess exuded by the Dora Milaje. Despite the fact that it’s a highly stylized Marvel movie, those fierce women warriors were based on the real-life thing, the Agojie.

You bet there’s a trailer! Released on July 6, 2022, the trailer gives us a glimpse of the extreme brutality that threatens Dahomey, as well as the training methods for the Dahomey Amazons. You can watch the trailer below:

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What Is The Woman King About?

Because this is a historical epic based on true events, some context is necessary to better understand the depth behind the plot of The Woman King.

Set in the late 1800s, in the West African Kingdom of Dahomey, a fierce, all-female military regiment known as the Agojie, has to fight for the lives and freedom of their kingdom when faced with outside aggressors. These women were given the name “Dahomey Amazons” by historians because of their similarity to the Amazons of mythology. Because of the high mortality rate of men within the Kingdom, due to constant warring with other West African states and the slave trade, women were recruited into the military, eventually taking it over entirely.

General Nanisca (Davis) is faced with a threat to the Kingdom of Dahomey when European forces begin to invade. The epic war she wages on them is based on the Franco-Dahomeyan war, which went on between 1890 and 1894. Nanisca also focuses on an ambitious new recruit, Nawi, who is played by Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad). The character of Nawi is based on the real “last Dahomey Amazon” of the same name. In an interview in 1978, Nawi claimed to have fought the French in 1982. She later passed away in 1979, well over the age of 100.

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The Dahomey Amazons, or “Agojie,” have had many other references in pop culture prior to being featured in The Woman King, most recently in the 2018 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie The Black Panther. The “Dora Milaje,” an all-female regiment of guards and bodyguards, is directly based on the Dahomey Amazons.

Lupita Nyong’o, who in Black Panther played Nakia, a former lover of the late Chadwick Boseman’s character, T’Challa, actually got to interview some descendants of the Dahomey Amazons in 2019, after she became intrigued by their influence in the creation of the Dora Milaje for the Marvel Comics and movies.

Related:New ‘The Woman King’ Images Highlight Viola Davis And Cast as Fierce Warriors

Who Are the Cast and Crew of The Woman King?

Director Gina Price-Bythewood is well-immersed in the industry, having directed many episodes on shows like Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, Cloak and Dagger, and Shots Fired. She has also directed the movies Beyond the Lights and Love and Basketball.

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Producer and writer Maria Bello is a known actress and humanitarian, starring in numerous films such as Coyote Ugly, Lights Out, Beautiful Boy, and both Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. Her humanitarian work includes founding “WE ADVANCE,” an organization that encourages Haitian women to collaborate in making healthcare a priority and ending domestic violence within their communities, as well as being a board member of the Darfur Women Action Group.

Of course, Viola Davis will star in the lead role of General Nanisca, leading her army into battle to defend Dahomey, and Thuso Mbedu will be her young prodigy, based on the real-life Nawi. Lashana Lynch, who is known for her role as Carol Danvers’ best friend, Maria Rambeau, in Captain Marvel, will be playing Nanisca’s lieutenant in a yet-to-be-named character. She can be seen throughout the trailer, specifically in a scene that features a battle of strength, endurance, and determination during the training of the Dahomey warriors.

John Boyega, who made his theatrical breakout as a leading man in the Star Wars Universe as Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, will be playing King Ghezo, ruler of Dahomey. His character seeks and trusts guidance from General Nanisca. King Ghezo is also based on his real-life counterpart of the same name, who is said to be responsible for the cultural switch from tradition and ceremony to a militarized state, effectively creating the Agojie.

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The main antagonist, Santo Ferreira, will be played by Hero Fiennes Tiffin, who portrayed the younger version of Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Additionally, Sheila Atim (The Underground Railroad) will play Amenza, who is also seen at General Nanisca’s side throughout the trailer as another high-ranking lieutenant.

Other supporting cast members include Adrienne Warren, who is best known for her role as Tina Turner in the Broadway production of Tina. This will be her first big-screen debut. Jayme Lawson (The Batman), Masali Baduza (Noughts + Crosses), Angélique Kidjo (singer/songwriter Blood Diamond), and Shaina West (Black Widow) have also joined as part of the impressive female cast list.

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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