Jennifer Hudson to Play Nelson Mandela's Wife in 'Winnie'

Jennifer Hudson wowed us (and the Academy) with her film debut in Dreamgirls two years ago. Since then, her most notable role was a supporting role in the Sex and the City movie. Now Hudson has finally landed a role that's worthy of an Oscar winner.

Hudson will be playing Winnie Mandela in the upcoming biopic Winnie, directed by South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt. The former wife of beloved anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, Winnie is a controversial figure in world politics. She has been dubbed "Mother of the Nation" for her outspoken efforts against white minority rule in South Africa. But she is also known for advocating violent protests, and has served jail time following convictions of fraud, theft, kidnapping and assault. The new film, based on a popular biography, will show both the good and bad side of Mandela.

“I was compelled and moved when I read the script,” Jennifer 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.”

Hudson is also "expected to sing the film’s theme song." With Hudson's voice, maybe Winnie will have a soundtrack to rival Sarafina!: The Sound of Freedom -- another of director Roodt's films, renowned for its music.

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