Ugandan artist Maurice Kirya

Maurice Kirya to star alongside Lupita Nyong'o in chess biopic Queen of Katwe.

Hold on to your seats ladies because Maurice Kirya is coming to a big screen near you. The hottest musician, as voted by Ugandans, has been cast in the highly anticipated biopic Queen of Katwe.

Kirya is set to star alongside Kenyan Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o in a story about Uganda’s chess champion. The story is of a girl protégée who comes from hardship but through her adversity is able to become a world-recognized chess champion.

The movie is anticipated to be of critical acclaim because of the award-winning team behind it. Mira Nair, the director of the film, is known for making award-winning films like Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake.

Kirya, who flew down to South Africa to shoot a few of the scenes with Lupita, said he was excited about being part of such a great team and "it will be an honor to act with her on the same set".

He recently took part in a reality singing competition, Maisha Superstar, on Maisha Magic channel 161, where he wore the hat of mentor/teacher and it will be interesting to see what role he takes on this time.

If you simply can’t wait to watch this movie then how about you check out the line up of great Ugandan films on Maisha Magic. I am sure Checkmate, which airs Sunday, 24 May at 15:00, will tide you over until Queen of Katwe comes out.

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