South African Actors Protest Casting of Hudson as Winnie Mandela

Group says hiring of foreigner undermines efforts to develop national film industry

Last Updated: December 7, 2009 @ 7:20 AM

Agence France-Presse is reporting that South African actors are up in arms over the casting of Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in "Winnie," an upcoming film by veteran South African director Darrell J. Roodt.

The Creative Workers Union of South Africa said using foreign actors to tell the country’s stories undermined efforts to develop the national film industry, AFP reports.

At a heated press briefing in Johannesburg on Saturday, the union and a group of actors said local and international producers must follow the right consultation procedures before "bypassing" the law and bringing international work and actors to South Africa.

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