The inspiring Disney film Queen of Katwe released this “Labor of Love” featurette that tells of how the movie came about.
It’s nice to get inspiration from really good stories, especially ones that are based on a true story. The Queen of Katwe is one of those that looks to be a great inspiration. In the “Labor of Love” featurette, we see how this movie came about as director Mira Nair explains. The authenticity of the film is amazing, having filmed it in Uganda and South Africa. Not only that, but filming it with Ugandan and South African youth.
As you’ll see, Mira was inspired to direct the movie after meeting Robert Katende (who will be played by Selma‘s David Oyelowo.) A missionary and teacher, he tells her about Phiona Mutesi, the Ugandan female chess champion. The featurette reveals how proud they were to create this movie on location and to have the real Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi there on the set.
Pleasantly surprising was that they cast newcomer Madina Nalwanga, a girl who is very familiar with Katwe life. Madina had been living on her own in a neighboring slum, a fact that brought actress Lupita Nyong’o to tears.
This next video is about a minute long spot and we get to see some scenes that we haven’t seen in previous trailers. We watch Phiona overcome her uncertainty and use her ability to make a difference in her life.
Queen of Katwe opens in theaters September 23, 2016.