Although nothing is official yet, “The Woman King” star Thuso Mbedu is not ruling out a possible sequel to the Sony film, which opens on September 16.
Though Mbedu said director Gina Prince-Bythewood has made it known she doesn’t “believe” in sequels, her co-star John Boyega had an idea that may be too good to pass up.
“I texted Gina the other day about it,” Mbedu said. Variety at the Tribeca and Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program cocktail party on Thursday night. “Gina said she doesn’t believe in sequels, but John had a good idea for the sequel…I told Gina and she was like, ‘Oh, that might actually work,’ and then she started brainstorming and I was like, ‘Gina, go to sleep!’ And she said, ‘No, my mind is already working.’ So, we don’t know. Only Sony will tell us.”
Boyega plays King Ghezo in the historical epic, which centers on a group of female warriors who protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1820s. According to Mbedo, Boyega believes there is a more sinister side to explore within his character. , whose real version was a defender of the slave trade.
“John’s idea is incredible… Basically going back to the Dahomey story, where he’s not really a favorable king in the actual story. He would want us to play that in the second one,” he said. “What if we see him more as a villain? That kind of situation. And I was like, ‘That’s good!’ It would be great to see it in a different light.”
However, Mbedu said star Viola Davis may need some convincing to get back into her battle armor.
“Viola keeps saying, ‘If there’s a sequel, I’ll die in the first five minutes,'” Mbedu said with a smile. “She says, ‘Thuso, I’ll be toothless and on my deathbed.'”