Recently, a massive shift has been happening in the entertainment Industry regarding African stories and actors, and the results are there for all to see.
See, Africa's story was portrayed as backward, unsophisticated, chaotic, and outdated until the Black Panther Director and renowned American producer Ryan Coogler's opened the door to a better representation of African culture in Hollywood. Bringing the rich history of the motherland to the forefront is a huge step forward not only to our African story but a platform for exposure of exceptionally amazing actors such as Lupita Nyongo, Viola Davis, and Danai Gurira, among others.
Through his LinkedIn account, Kunle Falodun, Vice President of Distribution and Network sony pictures and Television films, announced that something exceptional would hit the Cinemas soon.
The Woman King featuring Viola Davis, John Boyega, and Thuso Mbedu star in Gina Prince-Blythwood's historical epic, is inspired by the actual events in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Many actors have since expressed their joy over the momentum Africa's story is getting in Hollywood. They are ready to see if this movie will justify their interest, just like Black Panther by Marvel Studios. Below are a few samples of netizens' comments.
"It is encouraging and exciting to see Hollywood begin to consider Africa as an unexplored canvas for quality stories... Black Panther paved the way for this one.....if well-produced, marketed
and distributed, its success is assured."
"Viola Davis is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. She brings emotion and intensity to life in a way that gives me so much confidence that it's really OK to be passionate about things."
Can't wait to see this.