It was announced in December that Idris Elba was the big name circling the role of Nelson Mandela in a new biopic project. Anyone familiar with Elba's work would call that a win. But this next bit of casting is sure to be called a winnie!
Naomie Harris has been named as a possible casting choice for Winnie Mandela, the South African president's second wife of thirty-nine years. This is the second big role to which Harris has become attached recently, after her introduction into the James Bond universe with the upcoming film Skyfall.
Just as Nelson Mandela has had a wide array of actors embodying him over the years, Winnie herself has enjoyed a variety of portrayers, including Jennifer Hudson, Sophie Okonedo and Faith Ndukwana.
Additionally, production is seeking Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) to direct.
Source: Screen Daily