New mom Jennifer Hudson
is getting back to work on her movie career. According to Variety
, the Academy Award winner will star in Winnie
, a biopic based on the life of Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela. The film, directed by Darrell J. Roodt (Sarafina!
) and based on the Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob-written biography, Winnie Mandela: A Life
, is slated to begin production May 30 in the South African locations of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Transkei and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.