Lupita Nyong’o Talks about New Movie ‘Queen of Katwe’

upita Nyongo x Madina Nalwanga in queen of katwe

Lupita Nyong’o on ‘Queen of Katwe’

Lupita Nyong’o has made known how her new film, ‘Queen of Katwe’ is dear to her heart. This comment comes after Disney made the trailer available.

The celebrated actress has mentioned that the movie which premiere in theatres in US on 23rd September gives her chills while adding that she “can’t wait to learn the story of Phiona Mutesi.”

“It is my absolute joy to share the very first look of my new film, the Queen of Katwe! This movie is so close to my heart,” she tweeted.

“The new Queen Of Katwe trailer gives me chills!! A thrill that the movie is finally real! I can’t wait for you to learn the story of Phiona Mutesi & meet Madina Nalwanga!,” she added.

Read an excerpt of the film below:

Queen of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney’s Queen of Katwe will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.

Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) from a screenplay by William Wheeler (The Hoax) based on the book by Tim Crothers, Queen of Katwe is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (The Darjeeling Limited) and John Carls (Where the Wild Things Are) with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo (Selma), Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

Source: Yaw Sarpon/GlammyNews.com

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