Jennifer Hudson will play the title role in filmmaker Darrell Roodt’s new biopic, which documents Winnie’s life, her fight against apartheid as well as her marriage to the former South African president.
NOTE: If the name Nelson Mandela sounds familiar, its because Morgan Freeman also recently played him in the movie Invictus co-staring Matt Damon.
Jeniffer revealed that in order to prepare for the role she was determined to make her portrayal authentic, going as far as to spend five days locked up in an African jail.
The real Winnie served more than 500 days in solitary confinement.
She told the Daily Beast, “(I attempted to) experience some of the hell that woman went through…They snatched her out of her home and she had no idea what happened to her children. Imagine living that? This was her life! This was real.”
“As a woman, I am angry for her, hurting for her. And as a mom? God, being in solitary confinement, away from my son just for five days when shooting those scenes — it was too much for me. I was drained and stripped down. I was changed.”