The actress and filmmaker,Lupita Nyong’o, 33, is getting awards and is on limelight for her brilliant performance in ‘Queen of Katwe’. She plays the role of a young mother to a child chess prodigy in Africa. This movie is based on the book, The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster. It displays the real-life tale of Ugandan chess champion Phiona Mutesi.
According to E!News, Nyong’o told at the movie’s Hollywood premiere, “I didn’t know about Phiona Mutesi’s story until I got the script for Queen of Katwe and it blew me away, I mean ten pages in and I was in. I decided I was going to do this film because it was a story unlike any other that I had read coming out of the African continent and with a studio like Disney.”
She further added, “It was uplifting, it was true, it was funny, it was heartfelt, it had complex characters and I was going to play a mother, I mean a young mother. I was really keen on trying that because it’s something that I had never done before and I really loved the idea of the challenge.”
After playing a role of yolung mother, Nyong’o expresses,, “It’s a lot of work. I have apologized to my mom a lot since I made this film. ”
David Oyelowo costars in this movie as Phiona’s chess coach. The actor said, “I didn’t know anything about it and that’s what is so incredible about the story I think. You know, these are ordinary people. Yes, she goes on to become a chess champion, but no one outside of Uganda really knows where Katwe, Uganda is. When these kind of films that are true stories…out of Africa are made, they’re political stories, they tend to be about corruption, child soldiers, you know all the negative stuff. But this is just an ordinary girls story about chess. And I think the fact that a young girl in California can look at Phiona in this film and relate is something really beautiful.”
Queen of Katwe will be screened on theaters on Friday, Sept. 23.