by: Clark Allen
David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o are in talks to star in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE. The film, based on the true story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, follows a Ugandan woman defies the odds to become an African chess champion. Oyelowo will be portraying Robert Katende, a man that helps Mutesi defy the odds. Nyong’o will play Mutesi’s mother. The film is expected to start production in the spring in South Africa and Uganda, with Mira Nair directing from a script by William Wheeler.
Oyelowo recently made waves with his spectacular portrayal of MLK in the Oscar-contending film Selma. Last year, he also starred in Interstellar and A Most Violent Year. He’ll next star in Captive, Nina, and Five Nights In Maine. Nyong’o burst onto the scene in last years’ Best picture-winner 12 Years a Slave, a role that won her an Oscar. She also starred in Non-Stop, opposite Liam Neeson. Next up, she’ll star in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and voice Rakcha in Disney’s new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book.