The Oscar winner was unveiled as the lead in South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt’s new movie Winnie, documenting her life and marriage to the former South African president.
But Winnie Mandela is “extremely concerned” about the proposed movie because she has not been approached to provide input.
In a letter sent from her attorney Bowman Gilfillan to the film producers, the legal adviser expresses his client’s anger and disappointment at being left out of her own story.
He writes, “It is difficult to understand how a production bearing the name of an individual who has not been consulted at all could ever be appropriate or tell the full story of that individual’s life as media reports suggest this production is intended to.
“This is certainly the case here, where our client has not responded to allegations and comment which have been made about her, precisely because she has sought to protect her sphere of personal privacy as best she can in extremely difficult and turbulent times.”
Roodt’s film has already stirred controversy in South Africa – members of a local actors’ union hit out at Hudson’s casting last month (Dec09), insisting an actor from Mandela’s native country should have been cast as the title character in a movie so important to South Africa’s history.