May 8, 2010

Terrence Howard to play Nelson Mandela?

Indeed he is, according to this in The Hollywood Reporter:

Terrence Howard ("Iron Man") is to portray Nelson Mandela in the Jennifer Hudson-starring feature "Winnie," based on the story of Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela's former wife.

Darrell Roodt is directing the $15 million historical drama, a South Africa-Canada co-production set to start production May 31 in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for 18 years.

Also Friday, Canadian distributor D Films said it acquired the Canadian rights to "Winnie," a co-production of Canadian producer Equinoxe Films and South African partner MaAfrika Films.

Toronto-based D Films recently picked up a second Equinoxe title, the $6.4 million film "A Million Colors," another Canada-South African production directed and co-written by Montreal-born and New York City-based Peter Bishai.



  1. Seems like a potentially interesting film.

  2. To me personally, it screams Oscar bait, just because Jennifer Hudson apparently wants to win a second Oscar (even though she didn't even deserve to be nominated for her first one)...

  3. I grew up in South Africa, and I actually know the kind of woman Winnie is---or at least I'm familiar with the behavior she exhibited....

    anyway, she is a very temperamental woman, so in a way you can argue that Hudson was type cast.

    That alone, allows me to have faith in this.