While nothing is official yet, ‘The Woman King’ star Thuso Mbedu isn’t ruling out a possible sequel to the Sony film, which premiered on September 16.
Although Mbedu said director Gina has told Prince-Bythewood she doesn’t “believe” in sequels, her co-star John Boyega had an idea that might be too good to pass up.
“I texted Gina about it recently,” 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 fun idea for the sequel…I told Gina and she said, ‘Ah, that might actually work,’ then started bouncing ideas and I I’m like, ‘Gina, go to sleep!’ And she said, ‘No, my mind is ticking already.’ So we don’t know. Only Sony will tell us.”
Boyega plays King Ghezo in the historical epic, which focuses on a group of all-female warriors who protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1820s. According to Mbedo, Boyega thinks there’s a more sinister side to discover in his character — the real-life version of which was a supporter of the slave trade.
“John’s idea is great… Basically, to go back to the history of the Dahomey – where in real history he isn’t exactly a favorable king. He would want us to go into that the second time around,” she said. “What if we see him more as a villain? That kind of situation. And I was like, ‘That’s fun!’ It would be cool to see him in a different light.”
However, Mbedu said star Viola Davis might need some persuasion to fit 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 laugh. “She says, ‘So I’m going to be toothless and on my deathbed.'”