Lupita Nyong’o broke barriers and defied a lot of stereoytypes in 2015 and she’s already taking 2016 by storm. The actress stars in Disney’s upcoming movie The Queen of Katwe, a story of Phiona Mutsei, a young girl who embarks on a journey to becoming the next big chess champion.
Set in the slum of Katwe the film is a riveting story of bravery and perseverance. Nyong’o will play Phiona’s encouraging mother alongside David Oyelowo who also appears in the film as a skilled chess instructor.
“This is a story about the commitment to a dream even in the most discouraging of situations. The slum of Katwe is a very difficult place to live, but you see these people living there with dignity and making it day by day. And so to go there and to have that environment to work from really did sober us and enliven us,” she shared according to Entertainment Weekly.
The Queen of Katwe is scheduled to hit theaters later this year.