November 16, 2010 at 05:10 PM EST

Jennifer Hudson’s Oscar victory for 2006’s Dreamgirls is one of the more inspirational narratives of the modern Academy Awards: a reality show runner-up in her acting debut outshines a cast full of glitzy stars (and overcomes her film’s so-so critical and commercial response) and wins pretty much every major supporting-actress award of the season. (Hey, as far as good stories go, it beats “Glam actress doesn’t wash face, gets Oscar.”) Now, it looks like Hudson has finally found a potential Oscar-bait follow-up. She’ s playing Winnie Madikizela-Mandela opposite Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film Winnie, currently slated to debut at film festivals in early 2011. Check out the first trailer below.

If you’re like me, you’re skeptical of any non-comedy that uses old-age makeup. But Howard looks like he’s on fire as the young activist, and it’ll be intriguing to see if Hudson can pull off such a tricky, decades-of-aging role.

PopWatchers, are you intrigued by Winnie?

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