Premiering at TIFF way back in 2011 to largely negative reviews, and failing to find a distributor until this past spring, the signs aren’t so good for “Winnie Mandela” (formerly known as “Winnie“), the biopic of the wife of the famed South Africa freedom fighter. But perhaps it serves as a curious second half to a double bill for anyone checking out the Idris Elba and Naomi Harris-starring “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” this fall.
Anyway, in this new trailer for the Darrell J. Roodt (“Sarafina,” “Cry The Beloved Country“) directed film, you can see how Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson stack up as Nelson and Winnie, in the movie that views the struggle to end apartheid from the perspective of the woman behind the man. It all looks fairly safe and template driven, with all the right notes of soaring emotion and important drama being hit, but it never quite seems compelling. It may be a curio nonetheless as we head into the awards season.
“Winnie Mandela” will hit theaters on September 6th. Watch below. [Blackfilm]