Watch The New Trailer For Disney’s Queen Of Katwe
I still remember the feeling of absolute joy I felt watching Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. And I was “grown,” in college. Still, while I recognized the first Black Disney princess was a huge step in the right direction, there was so much more the company needed to do in terms of diversity and representing women and girls of color.
Which is why we were all so excited to learn of the latest Disney film, Queen of Katwe.
As we’ve reported before, Queen of Katwe, starring Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, who plays the lead role of Phiona Mutesi, is based on the true story of a 10-year-old girl growing up in the slums of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda.
Mutesi sells corn on the street until she learns to play chess from Robert Katende (played by Oyelowo). It’s not long before Katende realizes that Mutesi is a chess prodigy. Her gift eventually takes her to the Olympiad, where she goes up against the best chess players in the world, many of them adults.
In a 2011 article, ESPN described Mutesi’s story as that of the ultimate underdog.
“To be African is to be an underdog in the world. To be Ugandan is to be an underdog in Africa. To be from Katwe is to be an underdog in Uganda. And finally, to be female is to be an underdog in Katwe.”
But as Oyelowo so poignantly states in the new trailer for the film, “Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.”
Check out the incredible trailer in the video below.
Queen of Katwe will hit theaters on September 23.