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Saturday 20 January 2018

Hudson took time to decide on film

Jennifer Hudson stars in Black Nativity
Jennifer Hudson stars in Black Nativity

Jennifer Hudson has admitted she had to be talked into signing up for her new film Black Nativity.

The Oscar-winner told Variety it took some time before she was convinced about the musical movie - which follows a teenage boy who learns the importance of family and faith after being sent to spend Christmas with his estranged grandparents - but later realised it was perfect for her.

Executive producer Trudie Styler said " it took lots of convincing".

"She's a super, super lady, an absolute pro with a big heart and we just appealed to her that this was an African-American story, going to be shot in Harlem, directed by an African-American woman. It checked all those boxes so she came on board," she said.

Jennifer, 32 - who sings onscreen in the film for the first time since 2006's Dreamgirls - added: "It took a couple of times, I must admit [to convince me]. But once I looked at the story, the music, the church base, the holiday and the family - that's all the things that make Jennifer."

The former American Idol contestant plays the boy's mother in Kasi Lemmons' movie, while the grandparents are played by Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett.

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