Queen of Katwe
A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.
Toronto: Friday 9th September 2016 – Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Canada
Los Angeles: Tuesday 20th September 2016 – El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
London: Sunday 9th October 2016 – Odeon, Leicester Square, London
Directed: Mira Nair
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Madina Nalwanga
- Lupita Nyong’o made the decision to play Harriet Mutesi after reading just the first ten pages of the script!
- Over 100 local Ugandans took on smaller roles in the film and around 80 had no experience with cameras. Director, Mira Nair opened up an acting boot-camp to help those without experience prepare for their roles.
- It took the production team 5 months to find the right girl to play Phiona and auditioned just under 700 girls!
- The film is based on Tim Crothers’ book titled ‘The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster’.
- Filming took place in the slums of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda and Johannesburg in South Africa.
Behind The Scenes
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