Lashana Lynch Joins Viola Davis in Historical Epic The Woman King

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch has officially signed on to star opposite Oscar winner Viola Davis in TriStar Pictures’ forthcoming epic drama The Woman King, inspired by true historical events. Lynch is set to portray the unnamed role of a charming veteran warrior.“Lashana is next-level dope,” director Gina Prince-Bythewood said in a statement. “Not just her incredible chops, but who she projects to the world. She embodies these true-life warriors and we are so lucky she is coming to play.”RELATED: Victoria Mahoney to Direct Netflix’s The Old Guard 2 with Main Cast to Return Based on real-life events in the Kingdom of Dahomey in the 18th and 19th centuries, The Woman King tells the story of Nanisca (Davis), the general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi, who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.

"Now You See Me." Isla Fisher got into difficulty while filming the piranha tank scene. The top of the tank remained opened so that Fisher would be able to swim to the top to get some air, and there was also an emergency lever inside the tank that, if pulled, would alert the crew that she needed help. During one take, Fisher was running out of air, and tried to swim to the top, but the chains on the handcuffs she was wearing got stuck on the bottom of the tank, so she was unable to swim to the top, or pull the lever. She then attempted to alert the crew by hitting the glass of the tank, but since her character is supposed to be panicked and scared in the scene, the crew thought she was acting. She was stuck for three minutes, before the Stunt Coordinator finally realized that something was wrong, after he noticed that her handcuffs were stuck.

The film will be directed by The Old Guard filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood from a screenplay she co-wrote with Dana Stevens. In addition to Davis and Lynch, it will also be led by Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad) who will be playing the role of Nawi. Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o was previously attached to play the character.RELATED: Gal Gadot in Talks for New Spy Film From The Old Guard Scribe The Woman King will be produced by Welle Entertainment’s Cathy Schulman with Davis and Julius Tennon and their JuVee Productions. Maria Bello of Jack Blue Productions will produce as well. Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar Pictures.