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Disney recently released the trailer for the highly anticipated Queen of Katwe, which stars some of Africa’s very best: Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo alongside new lead actress Madina Nalwalga.

Queen of Katwe is based on the life of Phiona Mutesi. It follows the story of a young girl from a slum in Uganda who initially picks up chess as a means of survival but eventually discovers her natural talent and becomes a national champion, representing her country in international competitions.

Directed by Mira Nair, the film promises to be an emotional journey of overcoming adversity and realizing one’s full potential. The trailer is poignant, featuring Phiona with her mother, played by Lupita Nyong’o, and her mentor, played by Oyelowo.

We are particularly delighted to see Lupita Nyong’o onscreen again, as her latest roles in Starwars and Jungle Book have only featured her voice and motion capture performance.

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The movie comes out on September 23, which feels like a long time away, just because of how good the trailer is.

Watch it!