Phiona Metusi is a Ugandan girl who rose from the slum/ghetto town of Katwe in Uganda to become a champion chess player.
Her story – as adapted for film by writer William Wheeler and director Mira Nair – rising above the clichés of ‘the sports story’ by virtue of being true and being adapted with both precision and love. It is as close to a flawless film as I’ve ever seen.
A Ugandan girl from a poor family discovers chess and becomes the Ugandan champion.
Queen of Katwe is more than just a coming of age story, or the story of an unlikely hero – it’s a story in which the game of chess is a metaphor for life and provides the first opportunity Phiona has to actually make a plan for herself.
Disney has released a couple of key clips from the film that give a glimpse of Phiona in more thoughtful moments. As well, the studio has released photos that show the actors and the real people they play. You can check them all out after the break.
10-year-old Phiona Mutesi lives with her family in a slum in Katwe, Uganda. When she is introduced to chess, her family’s love and support lead her to greater things.
Disney’s Queen of Katwe tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi. It stars David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga as Phiona. It was directed by internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and opens on September 23rd. Check out the new trailer after the jump.
Pete’s Dragon, a remake of the 1977 family classic, is one of the few Disney remakes (excuse me, reimaginings) that has flown under the radar, but throw in Robert Redford, and it leads the pack of a few of the other upcoming live action Disney films.
There’s something awfully familiar about this teaser – something that tickles the back of my mind; something that feels just so correct.
Between moments of nostalgic wistfulness and current action – and the appearance of a couple of old friends – the new teaser for Star Wars The Force Awakens is a perfect balance of everything we loved about the original trilogy. Check it out after the jump.
Amidst the high-powered signings of the likes of Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johannson, Lupita Nyong’o and Ben Kingsley to voice beloved characters of Disney’s The Jungle Book, it became apparent that a certain lovable, bumbling, kind-hearted bear had yet to be cast.
Now the movie has its Baloo and that it is Bill Murray makes perfect sense.
The official announcement came down from Disney this morning. The hybrid live-action/animated Disney’s The Jungle Book will premiere on October 9, 2015.
Oscar®-winner Lupita Nyong’o and Gwnedoline Christie, Game of Thrones’ Brienne of Tarth, have been added to the cast of Star Wars: Eipsode VII. As with all J.J. Abrams projects, no further details were made available.