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Jennifer Hudson to play Winnie Mandela in film

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Variety reports that Jennifer Hudson is set to star as Winnie Mandela in drama Winnie. The film about the former wife of South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela will start shooting May 30 in South Africa. Darrell J. Roodt (Cry, The Beloved Country) will direct. The filmmakers said they will tell the good and bad of Winnie Mandela’s life, including her support during Nelson’s imprisonment but also later conviction for fraud. Hudson told 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.” She is also expected to sing the film’s theme song.