Viola Davis excited to work on The Woman King with Thuso Mbedu

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Thuso Mbedu to star alongside Viola Davis
Thuso Mbedu to star alongside Viola Davis

Her dreams are coming true one by one. It wasn't that long that she was named one of Essence Magazine's stars to watch for 2021 and she's already making waves. 

Thuso Mbedu will be starring alongside Viola Davis in a film called The Woman King.

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According to, Viola was mesmerized by Thuso.

“The depth and complexity of emotional life, her authentic beauty, and regalness is potent. We were mesmerized by Thuso Mbedu. We wanted Woman King / Nawi to be the vehicle to introduce her on the big screen,” said Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions.

American film director and screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood raved about Thuso.

“Thuso is a generational talent. Her craft, her work ethic, her depth, her passion inspired us all. She is a warrior.”

The Woman King is inspired by real life events in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. The story follows Nanisca, the general of the all-female military unit, and Nawi, an ambitious recruit, who together fought enemies who violated their honour, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.

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Thuso is also starring in the much-anticipated Underground Railroad where she plays Cora. Cora boards a train after escaping a plantation and she goes on a journey as she seeks true freedom while being hunted by a notorious slave catcher.

She is also recently made it to international Porter Magazine's list of 'The names you need to know in 2021'. She has also been nominated twice for an Emmy Award for Best Performance by an actress for her work on the South African series Is’Thunzi.

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