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Jennifer Hudson Takes On Bear of a Role in 'Winnie' Trailer

Jennifer Hudson and Terrance Howard in "Winnie"
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Hot on the heels of the trailer for the new "Winnie the Pooh" movie comes the teaser for "Winnie," a biopic of Winnie Mandela, former wife of South African president Nelson Mandela. And, though there are no Pooh bears in sight, it certainly is a hunny of a story.

Jennifer Hudson has landed herself another dream role, as the film charts Winnie's life from infancy to key figure in the fight to end apartheid.

In the trailer, which just hit the web, we witness Winnie's 1936 birth and her father's disappointment that she is not a boy. Not exactly the warmest welcome to the world.

But things get brighter when Hudson arrives on the scene as the teenage Winnie, who leaves her village to pursue her high school education and later turns down a college scholarship to live and work in the United States in favor of staying in South Africa. "I am needed here," she explains.

Indeed, eventually, she meets and is wooed by Nelson Mandela, played by Terrence Howard, who is sentenced to life imprisonment not for a case of woeful miscasting but on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.

"I will not allow the selfless efforts of my husband to be abandoned," declares Winnie, as she prepares to fight the good fight. "I will continue the struggle for a free and equal South Africa."

In the trailer's final moments, an aged Winnie -- who would face accusations of violent rhetoric and even murder -- is seen in a courtroom, apologizing for her actions. Truth be told, it's the film's makeup artists who owe Hudson an apology for making her bad prosthetics job the saddest part of this moving scene.

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