Terrence Howard is set to play Nelson Mandela in Darrell J. Roodt's "Winnie" for Equinoxe Films reports BT Vision.
Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob's biography is being used for as the basis for the biopic which covers both the good and bad about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of the first black president of South Africa.
Unlike her ex-husband who has become universally deified, Winnie is a more complex figure. A controversial activist who was a key component in the anti-apartheid struggle, she later fell out of favor due to her hardline approach and later was convicted of charges in relation to the torture and murder of a 14-year old police informer by one of her bodyguards.
Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls") is set to play Winnie. Darrell J. Roodt ("Cry The Beloved Country," "Sarafina") directs from a script he co-wrote with Andre Pieterse and Paul L. Johnson.
Shooting begins May 31st throughout South Africa including Johannesburg, Capetown, Transkei and Robben Island.