Mira Nair is set to return to the director's chair later this year with her new film Queen of Katwe, which is based on the story of a young Ugandan girl who became a chess champion.

Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

Nair has brought us movies such as Monsoon Wedding and Vanity Fair during her career but Queen of Katwe is her first feature film since The Reluctant Fundamentalist back in 2012... I don't know about you, but it is great to have her back.

The movie is based on the book Tim Crothers - which was in turn inspired by the true story of Phiona Mutesi - and has been adapted into a screenplay by William Wheeler.

The brand new trailer for the film has arrived and we have it for you to take a look at:

The Queen of Katwe will introduce us to the acting talents of Madina Nalwanga, who takes on the central role of Phiona.

David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong'o are also on board as they star as Robert Katende and Harriet Mutes; Phiona's chess teacher and mother.

Set in rural Uganda, the movie follows Harriet (Nyong'o), a poor single mother who is raising her ten-year-old daughter Phiona (Nalwanga). It looks like Phiona's life won't go far beyond the town where she lives... until she meets missionary Robert (Oyelowo) who is teaching local children how to play chess.

Phiona discovers that she has a natural talent for the game and goes on to play at the World Chess Olympiads.

Queen of Katwe is set to be another 2016 film for Disney and promising to be a heart-warming and inspiring tale.

Queen of Katwe us released later this year.


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