On the heels of Morgan Freeman preparing to hit our screens as Nelson Mandela in Invictus comes news that Jennifer Hudson will portray the man's wife in a biopic.
The Dreamgirls star has signed on to Winnie, which will follow Mandela's ex-wife through her complicated life.
She began as his crusading partner, imprisoned for supporting him and struggling to be a wife and mother as he spent 27 years in jail.
But in later years, her image was troubled by her relationship with a bodyguard who killed a 14-year-old informer and her fraud convictions.
But with South African director Darrell J Root co-writing and directing the film, Hudson seems convinced that we'll get the full story.
“I was compelled and moved when I read the script,” she tells Variety.
“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.”
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