Disney’s The Queen of Katwe, starring Academy Award Winner, Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and David Oyelowo (Selma) is officially scheduled for a limited release on September 23rd, and will expand theatrically a week later according to Deadline.
The Queen of Katwe is based on Tim Crothers’ 2011 ESPN The Magazine article and the book The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream Of Becoming A Grandmaster. It is about the story of a Ugandan chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi, who emerged out of a slum in Uganda to reach the World Chess Olympiads with the help and belief of her coach-mentor Robert Katende.
“This is a story about the commitment to a dream even in the most discouraging of situations. The slum of Katwe is a very difficult place to live, but you see these people living there with dignity and making it day by day.”- Lupita Nyong’o
Nyong’o plays Phiona’s mother, and Oyelowo plays a missionary who teaches chess to local kids. The film was directed by Indian filmmaker Mira Nair (Words With Gods).
Both Nyong’o and Oyelowo are attached to the feature adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, the love story of two young immigrant Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, as their lives span continents. Ifemelu and Obinze are separated after falling in love, and determined to leave a nation driven by military dictatorship. Ifemelu secures a place at an American university shortly after 9/11; however, Obinze is unable to secure a visa and instead suffers as an undocumented immigrant in London.
Nyong’o can be seen on the big screen in Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ on April 15th.