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Lupita Nyong’o Arrives in Uganda to Begin Filming ‘The Queen of Katwe’

Tambay Obensen | Shadow & Act   in  ·
March 30, 2015

It appears this will be Lupita Nyong’o’s next film after all (after “Star Wars,” which will be out later this year).

The actress has arrived in Uganda to begin production on director Mira Nair’s adaptation of the book “The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster,” by Tim Crothers, on Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, also known as “The Queen of Katwe.” She’s also been the subject of short documentaries and news reports, capturing her inspiring story. I embedded one of them at the bottom of this post.

Nyongo will play Phiona’s mother, Harriet Mutesi, in the highest profile film project to come to Uganda since 2006’s “The Last King of Scotland,” about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, which garnered an Oscar for Forest Whitaker in the title role.

Joining Nyong’o in “Katwe” is David Oyelowo. The two will also star together in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s “Americanah,” which counts Brad Pitt’s Plan B as a producer.


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