Nationwide — Chess champion Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson from Stone Mountain, GA, has been chosen by Disney Studios to help promote their new film Queen of Katwe starring Oscar award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and actor David Oyelowo (Selma, The Butler). The film tells the story of the life of Phiona Mutesi, a 10-year old girl from the slums of Katwe, Uganda, who learns how to play chess and goes on to become a global chess champion.
Orrin’s tour to promote the film included a series of KATWE Boys and Girls Club workshops, and it took him to four different cities (Atlanta, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles) from September 12-16.
During his visit to Los Angeles, actress Lupita Nyong’o who stars in the film, joined Orrin for a special workshop with several young local children.
Regarding the game of chess, Hudson comments, “I learned that for every move I make, whether it be on the chess board or in life, there is a consequence.” He now teaches this through his Be Someone Inc. organization that has literally touched and changed the lives of more than 50,000 young people coast-to-coast.
For more details about Be Someone and/or to invite Orrin to speak at your next event, visit www.BeSomeone.org
For more details about the Queen of Katwe film, which opens in theaters nationwide on September 30, visit www.QueenofKatwe.com
Watch the film trailer below: