After a summer of blockbusters, Queen of Katwe's reign will begin.
Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and ESPN Films, Queen of Katwe (in theaters Sept. 23) tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a 10-year-old girl prodigy from Uganda. One day, while selling corn on the street to help her family make ends meet, she meets a man named Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local kids how to play chess.
It doesn't take long for Phiona to fall in love with the game. Recognizing her natural aptitude for chess, Robert starts mentoring the pre-teen. Initially, Phiona's mother, Harriet Mutesi (Lupita Nyong'o), is hesitant to encourage her, as she fears that her daughter will be disappointed. But, as Phiona continues to succeed in local chess competitions, Robert teaches her to read and write. Harriet eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and helps Phiona fulfill her potential and escape a life of poverty.