It’s officially the year of Madiba. While some are already talking about Oscar buzz for Idris Elba in his portrayal of Nelson Mandela for the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, which comes out this fall, some of you guys forgot that Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson have been working on their own Mandela film for years now. They first started talking about Winnie in 2010, but the film seemed to fall off the radar since it never officially hit the big screen. But hold up wait a minute! A new US trailer has been released for the film, brought to you by T.D. Jakes, and the name of the film has been changed from Winnie to Winnie Mandela.
The film will now try to step on the toes of Elba’s Long Walk To Freedom, and will be released on September 6 (in how many theaters, we’re not sure), just a few months before Long Walk To Freedom comes out on November 29. However, the focus of Winnie Mandela is clearly more about the former wife of Mandela and her struggle to keep his fight against apartheid going while he was in prison, and as she faced major challenges from the police and government. It’s also about the drama that came later in life for her around her divorce with Madiba and accusations of violence. From the trailer alone, it looks like it’s going to be pretty entertaining, but you never know these days. Trailers can play tricks on you. Check it out for yourself and let us know if you would see it!