While I was in Los Angeles earlier this month, we had the opportunity to screen Disney’s upcoming film, QUEEN OF KATWE. What a pleasant surprise! I admit, I heard good things about the film from other bloggers who had already screened it. However I wasn’t sure if this was a film I would rush to the theater for… I was wrong! I’m so glad I saw this film, and I can’t encourage you enough to see it for yourselves! So inspiring, especially for those with younger girls. Today I want to share with you photos of the TRUE-LIFE CHESS CHAMPION Phiona Mutesi and her coach Robert Katende with the mirror images of the actors who play them on screen in QUEEN OF KATWE, Madina Nalwanga and David Oyelowo.
The film also stars Lupita Nyong’o and is directed by Mira Nair. QUEEN OF KATWE is based on the vibrant true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda who is introduced to the game of chess by Robert Katende, a former missionary and soccer coach, and goes on to become an international chess champion.
Plus check out this new TV Spot highlighting the improbable journey to become a champion…
Queen of Katwe “Dream” TV Spot
Queen of Katwe Trailer
QUEEN OF KATWE is out for limited release September 23, and in theaters everywhere September 30!
While I’attended an expense paid trip by Disney to Los Angeles, all opinions are 100% my own. Film images provided by Walt Disney Publications.