Viola Davis is more than proud of her latest film project titled The Woman King, which had its grand premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival earlier on Friday.
The Oscar winner, 57, turned heads in an eye-catching maxi dress as she posed for photos on the star-studded red carpet.
The historical epic is based on true events in the Kingdom of Dahomey, which was “the most powerful states in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries,” according to the official synopsis on IMDB.
Breathtaking: Viola Davis, 57, turned heads as she attended the screening of The Woman King at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier on Friday
The talented actress opted for a colorful ensemble as she attended the premiere of her latest historical drama.
Viola slipped into a hot pink maxi dress with orange floral fabric lined at the top of the dress for an extra pop of color and a different texture.
During a previous interview with InStyle, The Help star opened up about her fashion inspiration.
“In general, I would say my style still bleeds from what I was in New York, which is that I always wanted to be different.”
Glamour: The award-winning star was dressed to impress as she celebrated the premiere of her latest film project
To coincide with the glamorous strapless dress, Viola donned a pair of hot pink high heels that shimmered in the light.
In order not to take away the dynamism of the dress, she chose not to add jewelry.
Her makeup was sleek and chic, which included black eyeliner, shimmer eyeshadow, and pink lipstick.
On the red carpet, Viola was seen posing with other cast members and other creative artists involved in the film project. She was also seen walking hand-in-hand with her husband, Julius Tennon, and their adopted daughter, Genesis Tennon.
The talented beauty appeared to be in high spirits as she celebrated the premiere of The Woman King. She expressed ahead of the screening at the film festival that the historical epic held a special place in her heart.
Big smile: The star seemed in good spirits as she attended the screening of The Woman King in Toronto earlier on Friday
Celebration: Viola was pictured with director, Gina Prince-Bythewood and fellow film actress, Thuso Mbedu
‘You know what? I feel like all my life I’ve let myself be defined by a culture, I’ve let myself be defined by the naysayers. I was left behind in a profession defined by depravity,” she explained, Deadline reported.
Viola went on to say that she finally learned who she was and that her latest project helped her on that path.
“And so a lot of times you just let other people define you. At 57, I realized that I could define myself.
The talented actress revealed that she deeply believed The Woman King was her “magnum opus”, adding: “But it’s my magnum opus because it’s everything I ever dreamed of.
A magnum opus is an important and creative work of art, or is also known as the most important work created by an artist.
New project: The Woman King not only stars the Oscar-winning actress, but was also produced by the star
Group photo: Viola was seen smiling enthusiastically with other stars involved in the film such as Sheila Atim, Julius Tennon, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Thuso Mbedu, Cathy Schulman and Nicole Brown
Her magnum opus: The star explained during her impassioned speech that the film was her “magnum opus”
Viola explained how she became an inspiration to herself younger. “But this is for my 6-year-old self who was kind of left prone on the ground in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the little girl who was traumatized, the little girl who was called ugly, the little girl who has not been seen, who has been left invisible.
“I see you Viola. I see all the chocolate girls who are like you. I’m telling you to stop running. This is my gift to you.’
“And I believe that when we open this present tonight, it will be for all your pleasure,” she said at the end of her speech, which was followed by a round of cheers and applause.
Happy family: The How To Get Away With Murder alum was pictured holding hands with husband Julius Tennon and daughter Genesis Tennon on the red carpet
Big day: Viola was seen posing with fellow The Woman King co-star John Boyega
The Woman King stars not only Viola, but also Hero Fiennes Tiffin from the After franchise, Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, Thuso Mbedu and Sheila Atim.
Following its special screening during the film festival, the historical drama is set to hit theaters on September 16.
Viola plays the character of Nanisca, who trains and leads an all-female warrior unit to help protect their kingdom of Dahomey.
During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the actress opened up about diving into her character.
Talented: The Oscar-winning actress took a photo with some of her co-stars, Sheila Atim, Thuso Mbedu and John Boyega
Proud: Viola expressed she was proud to be part of the project and said the film was “transformative”
“I’ve never done a role like this before. It’s transformative. And to be a producer on it and to know that I helped make it happen,” she said.
Besides The Woman King, the actress has been cast as Amanda Waller in the DC movie, Black Adam, and will also star in The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes.
She was also cast in a film currently titled, Nike, by Ben Affleck and his longtime friend, Matt Damon.