Jennifer Hudson will be playing Winne Mandela
Jennifer Hudson must want to win another Oscar, because she's all set to play Nelson Mandela's wife Winnie in a drama about South Africa's first black president (and first lady), appropriately called Winnie. Hey, that statue for Dreamgirls is getting lonely all by itself.
The biopic, which will be directed by Darrekk J. Roodt of Yesterday and Cry, The Beloved Country fame, begins shooting on May 30.
“I was compelled and moved when I read the script,” Hudson said. “Winnie Mandela is a complex and extraordinary woman and I’m honored to be the actress asked to portray her. This is a powerful part of history that should be told.”
It will also be told through Clint Eastwood's upcoming Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman. Imagine if they could combine those productions; The Academy might implode from the sheer density of talent.
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