The film will focus on African prodigy, Phiona Mutesi, who went from poverty in Uganda to chess superstar. Nyong’o is to play Phiona’s mother Harriet Mutesi and Oyelowo is to play her mentor Robert Katende.
It’s based on the book, “The Queen of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream Of Becoming A Grandmaster.” The film will begin its shoot in the spring.
*In other positive entertainment news, Lauryn Hill is back again! Next month, she’s doing six intimate shows in D.C. and New York City.
“SMALL AXE: Acoustic Performance Series” will include her greatest hits at a few smaller venues between the two cities.
She’ll be performing for 250-500 fans in each venue. And some of her fans will get VIP access to meet and greet her. Tickets are on sale at mslaurynhill.com and range from $100-$175.
Tour dates are below:
Feb. 13 – Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
Feb. 14 – Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
Feb. 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Feb. 20 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Feb. 23 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Feb. 25 – New York, NY – Blue Note (early and late show)