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Lupita Nyong'o Is Filming Disney's 'Queen Of Katwe' Chess Biopic In Uganda With David Oyelowo

Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo begin work on 'Queen of Katwe,' the Mira Nair-directed Disney biopic on Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi


Lupita Nyong'o & 'Queen Of Katwe' director Mira Nair (Photo: @lupitanyongo)

Lupita Nyong'o is currently in Uganda to begin work on her next project, Disney's Queen of Katwe. The film will tell the story of Ugandan chess wunderkind Phiona Mutesi, whose rise to prominence in the international chess circuit was documented in a 2011 ESPN The Magazine article by Tim Crothers. Crothers subsequently expanded the article into a biography (on which the film's script is based) titled The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream Of Becoming A Grandmaster .

Nyong'o will be playing Phiona's mother, Harriet Mutesi, while her Americanah co-star David Oyelowo has been tapped to portray Phiona's chess instructor and mentor Robert Katende. Translating Mutesi's life story to the silver screen is filmmaker Mira Nair, who also directed a short documentary on Katende for The Nelson Mandela Foundation's short film series, The Power of Words.

No release date has been set for Queen of Katwe. Until then, watch a short documentary on Phiona Mutesi below and another on Robert Katende here.

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Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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