Walt Disney Pictures and ESPN Films are releasing The Queen of Katwe, a biographical drama based on the book The Queen of Katwe: One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion by Tim Crothers.
Crothers has been an adjunct professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism for 15 years. He is a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated and is currently the lead instructor for the NCSMA Carolina Sports Journalism Camp.
Crothers’ book, which was published by Scribner in 2013, follows Phiona Mutesi, 16-year-old girl from Uganda who trains to become a world chess champion. Mutesi’s uplifting experiences took her from the slums of Uganda to the Chess Olympiad in Siberia.
The film adaptation was shot in Uganda and South Africa and is set for a limited release in the U.S. on Sept. 23, 2016, and a general theatrical release on Sept. 30.