Queen of Katwe Movie

Queen of Katwe movie poster

Based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

Who's Involved:

David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Mira Nair, Esther Tebandeke, William Wheeler, Troy Buder, Will Weiske

Release Date:

Friday, September 23, 2016 (Limited)
Friday, September 30, 2016 (Nationwide)

thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and with the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.

official plot version from disney.com

4.33 / 5 stars (12 users)

Poll: Will you see Queen of Katwe?

Who stars in Queen of Katwe: Cast List

... Harriet Mutesi

"The 355" , "Born a Crime"  

... Robert Katende

"The Water Man" , "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway"  

... Sara Katende


Who's making Queen of Katwe: Crew List

A look at the Queen of Katwe behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Mira Nair last directed The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Amelia. The film's writer William Wheeler last wrote The Hoax.


Mira Nair


William Wheeler

Production Companies

Watch: Queen of Katwe Trailers & Videos

Production: What we know about Queen of Katwe?

Key Facts

  1. Based on the book by Tim Crothers.

Filming Timeline

  1. August 2016: The film was in Completed status.
  2. January 2016: The film was in Post-Production status.
  3. August 2015: The film was in Production status.

Queen of Katwe Release Date: When was the film released?

Queen of Katwe was released in 2016 on Friday, September 23, 2016 (Limited release). There were 16 other movies released on the same date, including Storks, The Magnificent Seven and Total Frat Movie.

When will the movie be on Blu-ray & DVD?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Released; Now Available Buy | Rent Now

Q&A Asked about Queen of Katwe

Looking for more information on Queen of Katwe?

Check out the below links, may contain affiliate links.

Official Movie Site + Social Media Links

Across the Web