Howard lands Mandela role

The two stars will play man and wife in filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt’s new movie, Winnie, which documents Winnie Mandela’s life.

Hudson’s appointment previously caused uproar among the members of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa, who insisted local actors should have been cast as the lead characters in a movie so important to the country’s history.

Principal photography on Winnie is scheduled to begin on 31 May (10) in South Africa, reports Variety.

Morgan Freeman played Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s rugby film Invictus and Danny Glover played the politician in TV movie Mandela.