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Jennifer Hudson is Mrs. Mandela in Winnie | 2010

Jennifer Hudson is Mrs. Mandela in Winnie

Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson will be playing the role of Winnie Mandela, wife of the great Nelson Mandela played by Terrence Howard in the upcoming film, Winnie.

"Winnie" is due for release next year. It tells the story of struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's journey from rural childhood to Johannesburg social worker to wife of one of the world's most famous men.

Directed by South African Darrell Roodt and based on Anna Marie du Preez Bezdrob's biography "Winnie Mandela: A Life", it first made the headlines when Mrs Madikizela-Mandela threatened to sue unless she was allowed to see the script.

There were fears that the film would boost the negative image of the woman who once notoriously declared that "with our boxes of matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country" - a reference to the placing of fuel-filled tyres around the necks of suspected apartheid informers.

According to Variety, the filmmakers plan to debut the film in January, at the Sundance Film Festival.

Watch the trailer for the movie here.

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