The latest trailer for Queen of Katwe tells the unlikely tale of a young Ugandan girl, who went from selling corn in the streets to becoming an international chess champion.
The upcoming Disney film follows the journey of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a 10-year-old in the impoverished slum of Katwe, who discovers that she is a natural at chess with the help of a missionary named Robert Katende (David Oyelowo). Through the teaching of Katende and the support of her mother (Lupita Nyong’o), Mutesi achieves success many could only dream about reaching.
The inspirational true story made a quick impact on the film’s stars. “When I first read Queen of Katwe, I was about 10 pages in when I broke down and cried because I had been so inspired,” said Nyong’o in a featurette. Oyelowo added, “The thing that really first struck me when I read the script was how heartwarming it is, how full of joy in spite of a very difficult life these people manage to have.”
Queen of Katwe will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept.10, ahead of its release in the U.S. on Sept. 23.
Watch the trailer above.