Former Muvhango and Isidingo actress Makgotso Monyemorathoe has joined the cast of “The Woman King.” Makgotso joins an all star-studded and diverse cast, including Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, and John Boyega.
The talented South African actress becomes the latest addition to the upcoming American historical epic film, which is scheduled for theatrical release on September 16, 2022.
Makgotso is best known for her soap opera roles as Kamogelo Tsotetsi on Isidingo and Onika on Muvhango. On The Woman King, Makgotso will be playing the role of one of King Ghezo’s (John Boyega) wives.
The Woman King was written by Dana Stevens and is being directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. It tells the story of Nanisca (Davis), general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi (Nyong’o), who together fought the French and neighbouring tribes who violated their honour, enslaved their people and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.
The epic movie is based on true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful West African states in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Commenting on the upcoming movie, the TriStar Pictures president Hannah Minghella said
“The Woman King is the powerful true story of an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship.
“And there’s no-one more extraordinary than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to bring them to life.”
Cathy Schulman, whose Welle Entertainment came up with the original story, added that The Woman King tells one of histories’ greatest but neglected stories.
“Black Panther just showed us how the power of imagination and lore could reveal a world without gender and racial stereotypes. The Woman King will tell one of history’s greatest forgotten stories from the real world in which we live, where an army of African warrior women staved off slavery, colonialism and inter-tribal warfare to unify a nation.”