Jennifer Hudson to Play Winnie Mandela in Indie Biopic?

Roger Friedman, of The Hollywood Reporter,   reports that Jennifer Hudson is rumored to be in talks to star in an indie biopic about South African leader, Winnie Mandela.

Hudson, who won the Academy Award for ‘Dreamgirls’  and was so good in ‘The Secret Life of Bees, ‘  is now rumored to be in talks for an indie biopic about South African leader Winnie Mandela. Winnie was a winner during her years as wife of Nelson Mandela during his 27-years of illegal incarceration. But in later years she lost her way, getting into legal trouble and becoming a pariah. She and Mandela have been divorced for some time.

The word is that either the terrific Derek Luke or actor Idris Elba might be up for the part of Nelson Mandela. Details are still sketchy.

Jennifer performed at Denise Rich’s annual Angel Ball Tuesday night. Introduced by Clive Davis, Jennifer sang ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’  with just piano accompaniment to whoops and hollers from the celebrity-filled audience.

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Playing Winnie equals more Oscar-bait for Jennifer.   It could be another juicy role for her.

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