Saturday 24 March 2018

Hudson preparing for Mandela role

Jennifer Hudson is to play Winnie Mandela in a new biopic
Jennifer Hudson is to play Winnie Mandela in a new biopic

Jennifer Hudson has said she wishes she could meet Winnie Mandela before playing her in a new movie.

The Dreamgirls star is getting ready to start filming a biopic about the South African activist and has been doing plenty of research.

She said: "I haven't had a chance to meet her and I would love to - I've been looking at clips, reading books, anything I can find, but I think what would benefit me the most is, of course, meeting her."

Jennifer, a former American Idol contestant, admitted she has some concerns about perfecting her accent.

"That is the part that I am most concerned with. I actually start this week with the dialect coach. This is to be continued... Aaughh!!" she said.

She added that it's an "amazing honour" to be playing the part.

"Right now it's very fresh; just the preparation for it, it's getting pretty close, less than a month away or so, and then I'll head in to Africa and just be in that environment and hop into the character. So I'm very excited about it, very exited about it," said the 28-year-old.

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