Trailer released for Lupita Nyong’o’s new movie ‘Queen of Katwe’
The trailer begins with a quote from Liberian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them.”
The film is based on the real-life story of Mutesi, who learned chess from a missionary named Robert Katende (played by David Oyelowo). When Katende saw Mutesi’s potential, he mentored her as she went on to become a world champion.
“Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong. You belong where you believe you belong,” says Katende to a young Mutesi in the trailer.
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Recently, Nyong’o spoke to Entertainment Weekly about Ugandan culture, saying, “There is an ease in the Ugandan demeanor that is very welcoming. I love the melody of the accent, the food, the music and the people’s inherent style. There was a familiarity with my home country being right next door but also complete surprise in what was so different.”
“There is a resilience of spirit in Uganda. The slum of Katwe is a very difficult place to live, but you see these people living there with dignity. To go there and to have that environment to work from really did give life and meaning to our work. It was research, obstacle and inspiration,” she added.