Films based on South Africa's apartheid past and the people, both legend and ordinary, that make up that history, are becoming de rigueur. The latest to be announced is a new film about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, expected to begin shooting in May next year, and starring Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson in the lead role.

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Jennifer Hudson
Well-known South African filmmaker Darrell Roodt, who was behind the first local film nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, Yesterday, and also directed Sarafina, will direct Winnie.

The film is a South African co-production between Ma-Afrika Films and Canadian production house Equinoxe Films. SAPA reports that shooting is expected to begin in May 2010, in Johannesburg, Cape Town, the Transkei and Robben Island.

The screenplay written by Andre Pieterse and Roodt, is based on the book Winnie Mandela - A Life, by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob. Pieterse is perhaps best known for the 1975 classic South African film e'Lollipop.