It seems the biopic Winnie will see the light of day after all despite those pesky rumoured lawsuits Winnie Mandela’s folks were scheming. This is the first photo to emerge from the set of the keenly anticipated film that members of the Black community are hoping will generate some real Oscar buzz come awards season. Based on the life of the strong-willed South African wonder woman, the film will star Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela (both picture above).
Darrell James Roodt is directing the South African-Canadian co-production from a screenplay he wrote with Andre Pieterse, based on Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob's book Winnie Mandela: A Life. I’m not too sure about Terrence Howard as a god choice to play Mandela. Still, I’m keeping my fingers crossed he and J-Hud will bring that fire and passion to the roles.
Meanwhile, Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Smith (above) have been approached to star in an upcoming Broadway revival of Tennessee William’s classic play A Streetcar Named Desire as
According to the New York Post, director Emily Mann, who will helm the production, has a lively take on the play that has so far impressed producer Stephen Byrd. Well, after the Tony-winning success of Fela! and Fences (starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis), its high time for a bigger splash of colour on The Great White Way.
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