Jennifer Hudson & Terrence Howard in New 'Winnie Mandela' Trailer
by Ethan Anderton
August 6, 2013
After debuting the first trailer last fall, the biographical drama Winne Mandela (formerly known as Winnie) is coming to theaters this fall, with hope for some awards season attention. This makes the second film focusing on the lives of the Mandela family along with Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. However, as the title indicates, this film focuses more on Nelson Mandela's wife as she campaigns for his release from prison and helps fight against apartheid. Jennifer Hudson plays Winnie while Terrence Howard plays Nelson. The film feels like it's built on a familiar template, but maybe the performances will make it shine.
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. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festvial back in 2011, and finally hits theaters starting September 13th, if anyone is still interested.