Disney has just put Mira Nair’s next picture Queen Of Katwe onto its release schedule, with a limited debut on September 23 and an expansion a week later. The film, which stars David Oyelowo (Selma), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is based on a true story.
The film, adapted from the book by Tim Crothers with a screenplay by William Wheeler (The Hoax), tells the true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. As a result of the support she receives from her family and community, she is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
The film was produced Lydia Dean Pilcher (The Darjeeling Limited) and John Carls (Where The Wild Things Are).