‘Bond’ Girl Naomie Harris to Play Winnie Mandela in Biopic?

Naomie HarrisIt 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
Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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