Winnie Mandela, the film based on the life of Nelson Mandela’s long-time wife, will finally hit theaters after 9 years of delays.
The biopic stars Jennifer Hudson in the lead role and Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela.
The film, originally simply called Winnie, stars Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as the titular heroine and also features Terrence Howard as Nelson. Although the filmmakers had high hopes for critical recognition and awards buzz, early trailers for the film landed with a thud and the movie’s release was stalled for years. Everything from the actors’ accents and makeup to the lack of participation of the Mandela family were subjected to skepticism.
The Nelson Mandela biopic starring Idris Elba is expected to be well-received in South Africa, but critics aren’t so sure about Winnie Mandela.
The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Winnie Mandela shoehorns an exceptional life into the standard template of a highlights reel.”
The film is produced by Rev. T.D. Jakes and will be opening in two New York City theaters this Friday.
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