Jennifer Hudson to Play Winnie Mandela

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Jennifer Hudson will star in Winnie, a drama that casts her as the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, reports Variety.

Hudson is set to play Winnie Mandela in the Darrell J. Roodt-directed film that begins production May 30 in the South African locations of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Transkei and Robben Island, where the future president spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.

Andre Pieterse, Roodt and Paul L. Johnson wrote a script based on the Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob biography “Winnie Mandela: A Life.” The filmmakers will tell the whole story, good and bad, adds the trade.