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Lupita Nyong’o & David Oyelowo star in Ugandan Chess Prodigy Movie “The Queen of Katwe” | Get the Scoop



First Look at Lupita Nyong'o and Madina Nalwanga on set

First Look at Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga on set

We’ve got the scoop on Lupita Nyong’o’s current project.

The Kenyan Hollywood star is set to star in The Queen of Katwe, a biographical drama about a Ugandan chess prodigy. The movie is directed by Mira Nair and based on a book by Tim Crothers.

The movie stars newcomer Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutsei, a young girl from the slums of Kampala who chases her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

In the movie, Lupita plays the role of Phiona’s mother, and British-Nigerian Hollywood actor David Oyelowo joins the cast to play a missionary who teaches chess to local kids.

According to reports the movie was largely shot in Uganda.

Back in August Lupita expressed her delight in shooting a movie in East Africa saying “It was so great to go back home. I’m from East Africa. I’m from Kenya, which is just next door to Uganda. This is a story about the commitment to a dream even in the most discouraging of situations. The slum of Katwe is a very difficult place to live, but you see these people living there with dignity and making it day by day. And so to go there and to have that environment to work from really did sober us and enliven us.”

The movie is set for release late in 2016.


  1. David Nwachukwu

    January 7, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I won’t be surprised if the Academy gives Lupita another Oscar nomination. Hopefully the film is a critical success ?. Go Lupi!

    • ATL's finest

      January 8, 2016 at 2:23 am

      David U already know this movie is gonna be nominated for multiple awards #GOLUPI#.. I can’t wait & I will be watching.

  2. prince

    January 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    we look forward to it.

  3. Lol

    January 7, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Lupita I thought you were Mexican.This girl was in sugar right? Her wiki doesn’t mention anything about her humble beginnings.I was chatting with my buddy who did Star Wars surprisingly she isn’t making good money at all Infact she hasn’t made half a million dollars in the industry and she has an Oscar & the likes of Leonardo’s are millionaires with no osvars.Lupita try to get a better team

    • Mel

      January 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      She was born in Mexico when her dad was in exile from Kenya. She comes from a very prominent family, so I don’t know about humble beginnings. Can’t speak on her coinage, but I sure hope that she has or will get a solid team behind her. If done right she can catapult this career into superstardom. The rumors are that she is difficult to work with and is a bit of a diva, which may play into how much folks are willing to pay. if those rumors are true then like Catherine Heigel”s career hers will fizzle rather quickly.

    • Natu

      January 7, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Leonardo has been in the game longer than lupita so obviously they don’t have the same network. I know people like you will never get it. It is not always about the money darling, homegirl is living her dream!! Now let this info soak in.

    • Natu

      January 7, 2016 at 7:09 pm


    • ATL's finest

      January 8, 2016 at 2:27 am

      @ LOL oh no U didn’t. My friend spare me all that $$$$$$$$$$$ ishy. Haven’t U heard a “good name is better than silver & Gold”? Hope U can comprehend and read between the line.

  4. Dee-USA

    January 7, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    @ Lol, should she be responsible for updating her Wiki? How about you, who has noticed this GLARING omission of her humble beginnings go ahead and write it in. Those of us who are quite knowledgeable enough to not rely on Wiki have seen her role in Shuga (you should spell it right, perhaps you may be able to find it that way) mentioned in numerous articles about her.

    Without going into details, your boy who “did Star Wars (whatever that means” has failed you in saying she hasn’t made half a million in the industry. I wonder how he or she knows this as fact. She may not have been a high earner because many of the roles we’ve seen her in were already booked before she won an Oscar, and she happens to remain choosy in her roles. But if your buddy is that connected enough to Lupita to know what she has earned, then maybe she lied to the person so he or she won’t try to stiff her for money.

    Basically…allow this woman work her way up and stop trying to compare her to industry vets who have been working for decades. But if you’re going to tout her Oscar win as a reason for the comparison, don’t get mad when you don’t see any mentions of her “humble beginnings,” because winning the Oscar is the exact reason hardly anyone is talking about those smaller roles anyway.

  5. whatever

    January 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Im sorry she got Lancome money, from a wealthy background, star wars money and she stars in episode 7, 8, 9, …get my drift…. home girl is making coins…..jungle book…have a seat sweetie and congratulate a sista. wiki gosh..who does that…

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