Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has lined up another dramatic project entitled, Winnie. According to Variety, the actress will play the role of Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela. The film will once again feature Hudson taking on some meaty material that may put her at Oscar’s door.
Winnie will be directed by Darrell J. Roodt, a veteran South African filmmaker whose 2006 film Yesterday was Africa’s Best Foreign Film nominee. The script was written by Andre Pieterse, Roodt and Paul L. Johnson and based on the Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob biography Winnie Mandela:A Life. The film will highlight the personal struggles Mandela went through while supporting her husband and children during Nelson’s tumultuous career.
Her image was subsequently tarnished by association with a bodyguard who murdered a 14-year old alleged informer, and she was later convicted of fraud. After reading the script Hudson knew she had to take on the role.
“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.”
The actress is also expected to sing the film’s theme song, which we should have seen coming a mile away. She does have the pipes, so at least we know she can pull it off.
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