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11.18.2009

Mrs. Mandel's bio's book cover

While it may be pretty much assumed that Morgan Freeman is an Oscar-nomination lock for playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's upcoming INVICTUS, can the same be said of whomever would play his controversial wife Winnie? What if she was played by someone who nabbed an Oscar on her very first film role?

South African director Darrell J Roodt will be handling a feature film based Mrs. Mandela's biography "Winnie Mandela: A Life" by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob, which I almost entirely never considered reading.

Already signed on for the top role is one former American Idol rejectee and later Oscar winner, Jennifer Hudson. AND she'll be singing the theme song, so maybe TWO more Oscars in her near future. Somewhere in America tonight, an agent is having himself a new one torn by Whitney Huston...

According to Variety, the South African and Canadian co-producers (yeah, I know, wtf do Canadians have to do with Mandela...) promise to tell the lady's whole story, good parts and bad ones alike. Who here knows about Winnie Mandela enough to say if Hudson's a good casting choice or not?

Extra Tidbit: Here's another question - since I haven't seen DREAMGIRLS for pure lack of interest: did she deserve an Oscar for that?
Source: Variety

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