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Disney Releases First Image of Lupita Nyong'o as Ugandan Chess Protégée, Phiona Mutesi in The Queen of Katwe

Disney has unveiled the first image of Lupita Nyong'o as Phiona Mutesi in one of the most anticipated films, The Queen of Katwe, where David Oyelowo, and Madina Nalwanga star along side the Oscar award-winning actress.

The film is based on the real life story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi whose life story was immortalized in the book The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster by Tim Crothers and directed by Mira Nair.

The Kenyan actress/filmmaker took to social media to express her views, "This film was a labor of deep love with the amazing director #MiraNair. Also starring #DavidOyelowo and introducing#MadinaNalwanga @disney. Can't wait to share it!"

Looking forward to the release! I hope this opens doors for more Ugandan actors/film industry and the East African region as a whole. 
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