Thuso Mbedu, Viola Davis show off fighting skills in 'The Woman King' trailer

Thuso Mbedu, Viola Davis show off fighting skills in 'The Woman King' trailer

Thuso Mbedu's new Hollywood movie is coming to a big screen near you very soon. 

'The Woman King' starring Thuso Mbedu and Viola Davis
'The Woman King' trailer/ YouTube Sony Pictures Entertainment

In just a few short months, South Africans will get to watch Thuso Mbedu in action on the big screen alongside Oscar winner Viola Davis. 

Their new movie, 'The Woman King', will be released globally on September 16. The film tells the story of warriors from The Kingdom of Dahomey in West Africa. 

The all-female military unit has to defend their land against enemies trying to enslave their people. 

Thuso plays an "ambitious recruit" named Nawi in the historical drama. The movie is reportedly based on true stories. 

Sony Pictures released a new trailer for the film on Wednesday. Thuso and Viola show off their impressive fighting skills in the clip. 

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Parts of 'The Woman King' were shot in South Africa. Other local stars making an appearance in the film include former Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, Siv Ngesi, Masali Baduza, and Makgotso Monyemorathoe. 

Beyoncé's song with Tierra Whack, Moonchild Sanelly, Busiswa, and Nija - 'My Power' - features on the soundtrack. 

Viola revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that she trained five days a week to prepare for the role. 

“Weight training, sprinting, martial arts, and weaponry training for the machete. I like to say that I was the OG warrior," she revealed. 

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Thuso also underwent hours of training for the role. 

"It was all completely new to me and I had to exercise a lot of patience with myself. I got frustrated with myself and doubted myself A LOT but had to turn up and fight because so many people had seen something in me. We’re done shooting now and, honestly, this is just the beginning. I owe it to myself to get better and do better," the 30-year-old wrote on Instagram in March. 

The Pietermaritzburg-born actress has been making quite the name for herself in Hollywood. She has won several awards for her recent performance in the Amazon Prime series, 'The Underground Railroad'. 

And she is only just getting started! 

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