According to Variety, the movie will be directed by Darrell J. Roodt, a South African who directed Cry, the Beloved Country, which stars James Earl Jones.
Hudson said, "I was compelled and moved when I read the script... Winnie Mandela is a complex and extraordinary woman and I'm honored to be the actress asked to portray her. This is a powerful part of history that should be told."
This sounds like a really interesting project, and one that will shed light on a figure in history that's too often relegated to "wife-of" status. I look forward to seeing Hudson on the big screen once again. Hudson won an Oscar for Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls, and went on to star in The Secret Life of Bees and the indie drama Fragments (aka Winged Creatures) the same year she played Carrie Bradshaw's assistant in Sex and the City.
Filming on Winnie begins May 30th in South Africa. Hudson also will be performing the theme song.
Take that, Simon Cowell!