"We wrote the mother's part in Queen Of Katwe for Lupita because she became this meteoric star and more importantly she suited the part. We wrote the part as that of young Mother Courage, someone who had children from the age of 15," said Mira Nair
In many ways, Queen of Katwe is the Ugandan equivalent of Mira's Cannes Camera d'Or winner Salaam Bombay but for the infinitely more positive take on life that is at its heart
Alicia's new original song will appear in the film and on the motion picture soundtrack from Walt Disney Records, which also features a score by Alex Heffes
Based on real-life events, the Disney film chronicles the inspiring story of an underdog (Madia Nalwanga) from Katwe, Uganda. She is a young girl, whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess
Inside CFDA fashion awards
The world's most glamorous red carpet welcomed a small galaxy of stars on the first day of the Cannes Film Festival
Hollywood's finest put their best fashion foot forward at the Screen Actors Guild Awards held in Los Angeles on January 25.
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