Jennifer Hudson is set to play Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, in the upcoming Winnie.
“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 biopic will be based on the Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob biography Winnie Mandela: A Life. Production is scheduled to begin in May in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Transkei, and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela served 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment.
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