Lupita Nyong'o does big things from a small place in this trailer for QUEEN OF KATWE

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Queen of Katwe is the upcoming biographical drama that tells the story of Phiona Mutesi, a young Ugandan woman who rose to international fame from extremely humble beginnings through her pursuit of chess after being introduced to it at a very young age. It’s based on the 2012 biography written by Tom Crothers, ‘The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster Dawn of Justice‘.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

Queen of Katwe is the colourful 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.

This has all the hallmarks of a traditional Disney inspirational movie – and I’m perfectly okay with that because this remarkable young woman’s story is inspirational. Based on the trailer the fast-rising Lupita Nyong’o also looks to deliver a strong emotional performance. It definitely seems like a movie that many children in impoverished communities could learn from, the only question being… would they ever get to see it? What do you think?

Queen of Katwe is due for release in the US on 23 September. It’s directed by Mira Nair and stars the Oscar-winning Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga.

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Last Updated: May 12, 2016

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