Disney’s new movie, “Queen of Katwe,” is the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a 10-year old girl selling corn on the rural streets of Uganda. She’s introduced to the game of chess through a chance meeting with Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a missionary. She has a talent for the game, so he teaches her to read and write so that she can pursue schooling. With the support of her family and community, she builds her confidence and determination to continue her dream of becoming an international chess champion with the goal of escaping her life of poverty and saving her family.

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Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” is directed by Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding”). The screenplay was written by William Wheeler (“The Hoax”) which he based on the book by Tim Crothers (The Queen of Katwe: One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion -2013). The film is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (“The Darjeeling Limited”) and John Carls (“Where the Wild Things Are”). Executive producers are Will Weiske and Troy Buder.

The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo (“Selma”), Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” opens in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016

Disney QUEEN OF KATWE Poster - September 23, 2016


  • Studio: DISNEY
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: TBD
  • U.S. Release Date: September 23, 2016
  • Running time: TBD
  • Cast: David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga

A heart-warming true story of how natural talent, hard work, and accepting help from others can result in great success, even in the poorest of countries where just getting by each day seems insurmountable. The real-life story of this 10-year old girl is sure to encourage filmgoers to work toward their personal best.

Will you be in the audience in September?