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Film Mon May 17 2010
Photo courtesy of jenniferhudson.com
What's an Academy Award winner to do?
With regard to actress Jennifer Hudson's role in the upcoming film Winnie, that is the question some just might be asking.
Earlier this year, Winnie Mandela, ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, expressed her displeasure with the casting of Hudson to portray her in the film; now, Mandela has taken her displeasure to the next level.
According to Reuters, Mandela's attorneys have contacted producers with threats to stop the film from even being made, noting that she had requested to review and sign off on the script before any filming began.
Filming is scheduled to begin at the end of this month (expected release is next spring) with Hudson and Terrence Howard, another Chicago-born actor, cast as Nelson Mandela.
Whether Mandela will be successful with an injunction is anybody's guess; in the meantime, Hudson, Howard, and the rest of the cast will conduct business as usual. Hey, as they say in Hollywood: "The show must go on."
Here is a clip of Chicago's own Jennifer Hudson at the Cannes Film Festival discussing Mandela and the controversy surrounding the film: