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Brace yourselves, fans of inspirational movies like Slumdog Millionaire and Billy Elliot: your hearts are about to be lifted by the trailer for new movie Queen of Katwe.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o stars as Harriet Nutesi, whose daughter sells corn in the Katwe slum in Kampala, Uganda, but has dreams of becoming a world-famous chess player. Unlike Slumdog Millionaire and Billy Elliot however, it’s based on a true story: Phiona Mutesi was a Ugandan chess prodigy who overcame adversity to compete in the 2010 World Chess Olympiad.

She’s played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga, while David Oyelowo (Selma) also stars as her coach Robert Katende. Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair), the movie was adapted from journalist Tim Crothers‘s book by William Wheeler, who also wrote Nair’s last feature The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

It also marks the first live-action film role Lupita signed on for since winning an Oscar in 2013 for her performance in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave.

Sure, she was great as mother wolf Raksha in the recent reboot of The Jungle Book, and as Maz Kanata in The Force Awakens, but it’s nice to see her face again:

Queen of Katwe opens in theaters on September 23.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.