Jennifer Hudson’s Portrayal of Winnie Mandela Hits Theaters This Fall

But there's reason to worry about this biopic.

By Jamilah King Jul 10, 2013

Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized and is reportedly on life support in South Africa. The 94-year-old’s health has been described in the press as "perilous" and millions of people around the world are praying for both Mandela and his family. But as the South African freedom fighter’s health deteriorates, we’re now paying more attention to the various theatrical projects in the works that attempt to pay tribute to his legacy, one that undoubtedly includes that of his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

A new American biopic starring Jennifer Hudson is in the works. According to a press release, the film, now titled "Winnie Mandela", will be released on September 6 and is based on Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob’s biography Winnie Mandela: A Life.

Now 76 years old, Winnie Mandela has remained active in South African politics since the decades she spent fighting against her country’s Apartheid regime. The film has already sparked a good amount of controversy for casting Hudson in the lead role and has reportedly had little input from Winnie Mandela. 

Making the film even more suspect, it will be presented by megapastor TD Jakes.