Watch: Long Promo Trailer for 'Winnie' Starring Jennifer Hudson
Our friend Wilson at Black Voices debuted an early promo trailer (notice: it's very long and unpolished, so watch out) for Darrell Roodt's Winnie, a biopic telling the "whole story, good and bad," of Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela. Playing Winnie in the film is actress Jennifer Hudson, who hasn't appeared in much since her big debut in Dreamgirls. But best of all, playing Nelson Mandela this time is Terrence Howard, giving what looks like a riveting performance as a young, spirited Mandela compared to Morgan Freeman. It's a very long trailer, but this actually looks pretty good.
Watch an early promo trailer for Darrell Roodt's upcoming biopic Winnie:
Focus ranges from her image as a mother, wife and steadfast supporter of her husband, to campaigning for his release from jail and fight against apartheid. The story in it focuses not so much on the sometimes negative press she received, but on the powerful love story that kept Winnie and Nelson together for years.
Winnie is directed by veteran South African filmmaker Darrell Roodt, whose past work includes a lot of low budget action flicks. The screenplay was co-written by Roodt as well as Andre Pieterse and Paul L. Johnson. It's based on the biography written by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob. As far as we know, this doesn't have a distributor yet, but we're not sure what its status is, as Film Bridge International also seems to be involved.