While in Los Angeles back in June for #TheBFGEvent, I was among the first to screen Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, which will be in theaters September 30, 2016. Though it was based on a true story, I didn’t know much about this movie going into the screening.
I walked out of the theater feeling very inspired and just had those warm fuzzies of seeing a moving film. It was an amazing story, and I love that it is based on a true story. It is simply amazing what some young people can do when they really set their minds to it!
I remember thinking I couldn’t wait for my family to see it. We actually saw the trailer for the film while watching Pete’s Dragon last week. I told my husband right then that we have to come back to the theater to see this movie.
Disney has released photos of Phiona Mutesi and her coach Robert Katende with the mirror images of the actors who play them on screen, Madina Nalwanga and David Oyelowo, in the new movie QUEEN OF KATWE. Check these out!
Real Life Phiona Mutesi (right, green shirt), Robert Katende (back row center)
From the film
From the film
Real Life Phiona (far left)
Robert Katende was a recent college graduate and soccer coach for Sports Outreach Ministry who ran a chess program for impoverished children in the slums of Kampala when he rst met Phiona Mutesi. As Phiona’s coach, mentor and father gure, Katende was instrumental in helping her pursue her dreams and become the champion she was destined to be.
Phiona and Robert
David Oyelowo as Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutesi
I will be sharing more about Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE next month, closer to the film’s opening date.