After doing her part to support the latest edition of ‘Star Wars’ Lupita Nyong’O leads the cast of ‘Queen of Katwe.’
The story tells the real tale of a Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi and will make its way to theatres on September 23rd with help of Disney and ESPN Films.
Watch its trailer below…
$15 million was spent to bring director Mira Nair‘s vision to life and was used to secure the critically acclaimed David Oyelowo as well as Madina Nalwanga who bagged its leading role.
Lupita said of Uganda:
There is an ease in the Ugandan demeanor that is very welcoming. I love the melody of the accent, the food, the music and the people’s inherent style. There was a familiarity with my home country being right next door but also complete surprise in what was so different.
There is a resilience of spirit in Uganda. The slum of Katwe is a very difficult place to live, but you see these people living there with dignity. To go there and to have that environment to work from really did give life and meaning to our work. It was research, obstacle and inspiration.