Lupita Nyong’o is set to appear in a live-action film since her last role in12 Years a Slave that came out in 2013. Following which came blockbuster movies likeStar Wars: The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book where her played her part off screen, doing voice performances only. The ‘Queen of Katwe’,Nyong’o appears as the mother of a girl namedPhiona Mutesi (played by Madina Nalwanga) who was a genius chess player.
Its a true story that covers the rise of this wonder girl in the international chess circuit. Her achievements werecovered by Tim Crothers, first for ESPN and then adapted into a popular book. The is beingdirected by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair) and is beingproduced by Walt Disney Pictures and ESPN Films.
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In a recent interview withEntertainment Weekly spoke about the culture ofUganda. “There is an ease in the Ugandan demeanour that is verywelcoming. I love the melody of the accent, the food,the music and the people’sinherent style. There was a familiarity with my home countrybeing right next door but also complete surprise in what was so different.” She added,“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.”
Nyong’o also reminded that that she is from Kenya which is only next door to Uganda. So when they went shooting their,for her it was like going home.Nyong’o also said that the experience of shooting in the slums made the cast and crew of the film sober but also enliven them, made them excited about the film they were making.
Queen of Katwe will hit the theatres on September 23.
Check out the trailer here: