Is Lupita Nyong'o gunning for that next Oscar? It certainly looks like it with the reveal of the first image from Disney's The Queen of Katwe, the biographical drama about a Ugandan chess prodigy from the slums of Kampala who chases her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
Nyong’o plays the girl's mother, alongside David Oyelowo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga. The film, directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) is based on Tim Crothers’ book (expanded from an ESPN the Magazine article), and was shot on location in Uganda.
Lupita describes the project as a homecoming after a couple of years of taking Hollywood by storm. “It was so great to go back home,” the actress said at D23 Expo in August. “I’m from East Africa. I’m from Kenya, which is just next door to Uganda.”
She added, “This is a story about the commitment to a dream even in the most discouraging of situations. The slum of Katwe is a very difficult place to live, but you see these people living there with dignity and making it day by day. And so to go there and to have that environment to work from really did sober us and enliven us.”
We look forward to seeing The Queen of Katwe when it opens in the fall! After exploding onto the scene in 12 Years a Slave, for which she won an Oscar, Nyong'o's career has been non-stop. She wouldn't even let a brief stint of bad press hold her down. Watch BET Breaks below to see what we're talk about:
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