The film takes place in the 1820s and Davis plays a West African warrior named Nanisca, who must train her tribe to fight an enemy that threatens their way of life. The historical action film's release date was September 16, 2022.
After the movie debuted in theaters across the U.S., the female-led picture was met with rave reviews from critics and earned numerous nominations at the 2023 Critics’ Choice Awards, including Best Costume Design, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director and the Best Actress category for Davis’s powerful performance as Nanisca. The Fences alum also secured nominations for the Best Actress category at the Golden Globes, BAFTA Film Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and NAACP Image Awards. However, the film didn’t receive any nominations at the 2023 Academy Awards.
Fast forward to February 2023: The Woman King found a new home on Netflix and quickly climbed to the number one spot on the streamer’s list of most-watched movies, topping popular releases like Your Place or Mine and You People at the time. While many Netflix subscribers have probably already watched the movie by now, The Woman King is just one of those movies that deserves a revisit.