jenniferhudsonJennifer Hudson’s career is going from strength to strength.

Plucked from the crowds of eager egomaniacs on America Idol to break out in Dreamgirls, she is a strong presence on screen and proof that anyone, even those who queue for hours to perform in front of Simon Cowell can make it big, and Variety are reporting today that she has signed on take the lead role in the Darrell J. Roodt film Winnie.

Adapted from the Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob biography Winnie Mandela:A Life Hudson has landed a dream role as the complex, often larger than life character of Winnie Mandela will require a worthy performance.

According to Variety,

“I was compelled and moved when I read the script,” Hudson said. “Winnie Mandela is a complex and extraordinary woman and I’m honored to be the actress asked to portray her. This is a powerful part of history that should be told.”