This reign of Zozi Tunzi will not stop!
The longest-serving Miss Universe made the announcement on Instagram with an appropriate photo of herself adorned in an outfit made out of coffee bean shells.
“I am so honored and excited to announce that I have been cast for the film, The female king. It’s a whole new world and [a] a first experience for me so I enter it with the greatest respect and humility. Forever grateful and looking forward,” she wrote.
Former Miss South Africa students Liesl Laurie and Shudu Musida were among those who congratulated Zozi Tunzi, in addition to public figures like Khanyi Mbau, Celeste Ntuli and Minnie Dlamini, to name a few.
The cast of “The Woman King”
Zozi Tunzi is the latest South African to be cast in the upcoming film alongside stars like Thuso Mbedu, Seputla Sebogodi and Makgotso Monyemorathoe (popularly known as Makgotso M).
In fact, Makgotso’s casting in the film sparked all the controversy a few weeks ago when audiences suggested that she may have only gotten the role because her best friend Thuso Mbedu was part of the project.
Mbedu ended the speculation by tweeting that her friend got the role in The female king willingly.
“Mak has a file. She auditioned and got the part. i am very proud of umngani wami (my friend) because she deserves everything the world has to offer. All credit goes to him. No ladders here.
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According to Hollywood journalist, The female king is inspired by real events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The story follows Nanisca (played by Viola Davis, who also produces the film), the general of an all-female military unit, and Nawi (Thuso Mbedu), an ambitious recruit. Together, the two men battle enemies who have violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they lived for.
star wars actor John Boyega will play the ruler of Dahomey, King Ghezo.
Davis is part of the film’s production team alongside Cathy Schulman, Julius Tennon, Maria Bello and Jack Blue. Director of Netflix’s’The old guard‘ Gina Prince-Bythewood was hired to direct the film.
The female king would be filmed in Cape Town.