South African actor Sivuyile Ngesi and model Zozibini Tunzi have joined the cast of epic historical movie drama The Woman King.
The film was inspired by events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa, in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Ngesi and Tunzi will star alongside US actress and Oscar winner Viola Davis (The Help) and British-Nigerian actor John Boyega (Star Wars, Small Axe). Other cast members include Lupita Nyong’o, Lashana Lynch and Adrienne Warren.
Ngesi took to Instagram to say: “Can’t wait for you all to see this magic,” while Tunzi said: “I am so honored and excited to announce that I have been cast for the film, The Woman King. It is a completely new world and first-time experience for me, so I enter it with the utmost respect and humility. Forever grateful and looking forward.”
The Woman King was written by Dana Stevens and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and is scheduled to be released theatrically by Sony Pictures in September, 2022. Its production companies include TriStar Pictures, Welle Entertainment, JuVee Productions, Jack Blue Productions and Entertainment One.