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Can’t Wait for the Release of ‘Queen of Katwe?’ Then You Need to Watch This Touching Extended Trailer

Watch new footage from Disney’s 'Queen of Katwe' featuring commentary from stars David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o.

Disney’s upcoming film Queen of Katwe, starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, is a little more than a month away before it hits silver screens on September 23.


The film is based on a true story from titular novel by Tim Crothers, an American author and Sports Illustrated writer, about young Ugandan Phiona Mutesi turned chess prodigy and a Woman Candidate Master after a string of victories at the World Chess Olympiads.

Fresh, Ugandan face Madina Nalwanga portrays Mutesi, while Nyongo’ stars as her mother, Harriet Mutesi, and Oyelowo as her chess mentor, Robert Katenda, who instills in the young girl from the streets of rural Uganda a sense of confidence and self-determination through the game of chess.

Leading up to the theatrical release of the heartwarming film, a new "Labor of Love" featurette has been released that includes never-before-seen footage from the film set in Uganda as well as commentary from the director Mira Nair, Oyelowo and Nyong’o.

“I think it put things into perspective. I felt very privileged and honored to usher these children through this,” Nyong’o says with tears cascading down her exquisite cheekbones. “I said to them this is our opportunity to tell the world your story. And that was a moment where real life and the world of cinema, that line no longer exists.”

I’ll let Oyelowo, who recently announced a scholarship program benefiting victims of gender-based violence in Nigeria, do the honors of introducing the extended trailer:

Hi everyone! For me the Queen of Katwe is basically a love letter to my daughter Zoe, but it's also a love letter to anyone out there who has an ability, a gift or a talent that they would love to share with the world. So I hope you enjoy this clip from our film, Queen of Katwe.

Enjoy, and check out new photos from Queen of Katwe below:

Photo credit: Edward Echwalu

Photo credit: Edward Echwalu

Photo credit: Edward Echwalu

Photo credit: Edward Echwalu

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