Hudson to Play Winnie Mandela

“Dreamgirls” star will portray the South African leader’s former wife.

Last Updated: November 18, 2009 @ 4:51 PM

Jennifer Hudson is set to star in “Winnie,” a drama that casts her as the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela.

“Winnie” will be directed by Darrell J. Roodt, the veteran South African filmmaker whose 2006 film “Yesterday” was Africa’s Best Foreign Film nominee, and who also directed “Cry, The Beloved Country,” and “Sarafina!”

Read more at Variety.