Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood teases a Braveheart-sized battle scene that featured thousands of extras charging at each other.
The female king director Gina Prince-Bythewood teases a Brave heartmajor battle in its next historical epic. Originally based on a story developed by A history of violence Maria Bello, the film is inspired by the true story of the Amazon warriors of Dahomey, also known as Agojie or Mino, an all-female regiment of the West African kingdom of Dahomey. The legend of their ferocity inspired the creation of the all-female Dora Milaje in the Black Panther Marvel Comics series. The female king was written by the director with Dana Stevens.
Viola Davis stars as General Nanisca, the strong and capable leader of Agojie during the reign of King Ghezo, played by Attack the block starring John Boyega. The female king centers on Nanisca, who leads her army against rival kingdoms as well as an invasion by European forces. Set in 1823, at the start of King Ghezo’s reign, the Agojie see their strength increase under their new ruler as they are tasked with conquering the Oyo Empire. Alongside Davis is Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch as Lieutenant Izogie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star Sheila Atim as Lieutenant Amenza, and The Underground Railroad direct Thuso Mbedu as Nawi, a young rookie.
By talking to EmpirePrince-Bythewood remembers a Brave heartsize battle sequence filmed for The female king. According to the director, she was inspired by the epic war scenes of Ridley Scott’s Roman action drama, Gladiator, as well as the historical epic directed by Mel Gibson in 1995 Brave heart, about Sir William Wallace’s War of Independence against King Edward I of England. Prince-Bythewood asserts that The female king features a battle sequence with the Oyo Empire that spanned ten full pages of the script and required thousands of extras to faithfully air on the big screen. Read how the director describes the scene below:
It was like our Braveheart. Braveheart is one of my favorite movies. But we don’t see each other like that. […]
I just thought of all those great battles in Braveheart or Gladiator. And now we have to make ours. On paper, it’s a sequence of ten pages. We had thousands of extras coming together in an epic David vs. Goliath battle which is one of my favorite sequences in the film.
Brave heart featured thousands of extras in a choreographed dance of swords, armor and blood to fully realize the scale of late 13th century warfare, and a hand-to-hand combat sequence like that portrayed by Prince- Bythewood would definitely place The female king at this level. Both Brave heart and Gladiator used real people on real sets to simulate real battles from the past, but with a distinctly Hollywood flair. With the teasing of Prince-Bythewood, The female king is shaping up to be a sword-and-sandal epic like Hollywood hasn’t seen in years.
Modern films rarely employ hundreds, let alone thousands, of extras for film sequences. Modern filmmaking techniques allow directors to use visual effects to simulate thousands of warriors on the battlefield with only a fraction of the actors actually appearing on film. Scenes featuring crowds of soldiers in films such as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies actually had extras that were duplicated, and TV shows like Ted Lasso can now fill an entire stadium in post-production. The Warrior KingThe dedication to realism and authenticity shows that the film will be a must see when it premieres in theaters next month.
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- The Woman King (2022)Release Date: Sep 16, 2022
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