Viola Davis says she’s ‘open’ to The Woman King sequel

Viola Davis is celebrating the king womanthe success of

Davis’s most recent film, produced by her and her husband Julius Tennon, opened at No. 1 at the box office over the weekend, grossing more than $19 million nationwide. entertainment weekly informed.

“I think people tend to say we only make up a certain percentage of the box office,” he said. fences star, 57, said Variety from the numbers “We know black women. We know they’ll bring the people they work with, spouses and families, and they’ll come back five or six times over the weekend.”

She added, “We’re in an industry that doesn’t see the power that black women have at the global box office.”

“There was a sense that our stories are not universal and cannot reach the white man or woman or the Hispanic man or woman,” Davis told the outlet, adding that “human stories are for everyone, not just the black consumption.

The Oscar winner also shared a conversation she had with a white woman who enjoyed the film and expressed her surprise that she liked it. “I know my story can get to you like your story can get to me,” she recalled telling the woman. “The only one who surprises is you.”

As for a sequel to the film, Davis said she is “totally open” to the idea. “I’m open to more, but let me tell you. She was already the oldest warrior on the battlefield. If we do a sequel, I hope she still has teeth,” she said. Variety. “But yeah, I’m totally open to it. Always.”

“We haven’t had any discussion about it as of yet,” Tennon, 68, told the outlet.

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Also in the interview, the couple discussed public support for the film from other black actors like Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union and Octavia Spencer. “To move the narrative forward in terms of diversity and inclusion, it’s going to take all of us doing it together,” she said.

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Davis stars alongside Athuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and John Boyega in the historical action drama.

the king woman is the remarkable story of 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 before,” reads an official synopsis.

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The movie is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (love and basketball), who co-wrote the screenplay with Dana Stevens from a story by Maria Bello.

the king woman is currently in theaters.

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