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Zozi Tunzi makes her acting debut in Viola Davis’ ‘The Woman King’

By Paidashe Mandivengerei

FORMER Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi made her acting debut in the star-studded American historical film The Woman King.

Tunzi has announced that she will soon be heading to the set of the epic film alongside fellow South African actresses Thuso Mbedu and Makgotso Monyemorathoe.

She took to her Twitter, revealing that acting was a “completely new world” for her.

She wrote: “I’m so honored and thrilled to announce that I’ve been cast in the film, The Woman King. It’s a completely new world and a first experience for me so I’m stepping into it with the greatest respect and humility.Always grateful and impatient.

The Woman King stars Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Lashana Lynch and Hollywood’s John Boyega.

The TriStar Pictures film will premiere September 16.

The Woman King is based on real events in the Kingdom of Dahomey, an 18th century West African state. It follows the story of Nanisca (Davis) general of an all-female military unit and Nawi (Thuso Mbedu) fighting enemies who raped them and enslaved their people.

It was produced by Davis alongside Cathy Schulman, Julius Tennon and Maria Bello, written by Dana Stevens and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.