Winnie Mandela

Jennifer Hudson, who won the Supporting Actress Oscar for “Dreamgirls,” has not made a decent film since 2006. But now she is well cast in Winnie Mandela, co-starring with Terrence Howard in an epic story of love, sacrifice and courage.

Hudson plays the proud young Winnie, who moves from a remote tribal village to the metropolis of Johannesburg, South Africa, where she meets and falls in love with a rising political star, Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard).

When Nelson was imprisoned for protesting the brutal Apartheid government, Winnie worked tirelessly to win his freedom and to carry on his message of peace and equality. Her struggle to keep the Mandela dream alive was rewarded by years of persecution and imprisonment, including 18 months of solitary confinement. Throughout, her resolve to fight for her freedom, her family and her country never wavered. Her leadership and unconquerable spirit caught the attention of the world and earned her the name “the mother of the nation.

The biopic is directed by Darrell Roodt from a screenplay by Andre Pieterse and Roodt.

RLJ/Image Entertainment will distribute the film in New York, Los Angeles, and select cities on September 6, 2013.