Viola Davis celebrates The Woman Kings success.
Davis’ latest film, produced by her and husband Julius Tennon, debuted at the top of the box office over the weekend and has grossed over $19 million nationally. Weekly entertainment reported.
“I think people tend to say that we only represent a certain percentage of the box office,” he said fences Stern, 57, tells diversity the numbers. “We know black women. We know they bring people they work with, spouses and families, and come back five or six times over the weekend.”
She added, “We operate in an industry that doesn’t see the power that black women have in the global box office.”
“There was a sense that our stories aren’t universal and can’t reach the white man or woman or Hispanic man or woman,” Davis told the outlet, adding that “human stories are for everyone, not just for black consumption.”
The Oscar winner also shared a conversation she had with a white woman who liked the film and expressed surprise that she liked it. “I know my story can reach you as your story can reach me,” she recalled telling the woman. “The only one surprised is you.”
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As for a sequel to the film, Davis said she’s “super open” to the idea. “I’m open to more, but let me tell you. I was already the oldest warrior on the battlefield. If we do a sequel, I hope I still have teeth,” she said diversity. “Yeah, I’m totally open to it. Always.”
“We haven’t had any discussions about it yet,” Tennon, 68, told the outlet.
In the interview, the couple also spoke about the public support for the film from other black actors such as Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union and Octavia Spencer. “To advance the narrative around diversity and inclusion, we all have to work together,” she said.
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Davis stars alongside Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and John Boyega in the historical action drama.
“The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 19th century with skill and ferocity the world had never seen,” reads an official summary.
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The film is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (love and basketball), who co-wrote the screenplay with Dana Stevens, based on a story by Maria Bello.
The Woman King is currently in cinemas.