Wendy Crewson joins 'Winnie' biopic

Starring alongside Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson

Wendy Crewson
Wendy Crewson has been cast in Equinoxe Films' biopic "Winnie," opposite Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson as Nelson and Winnie Mandela.

Crewson ("The Santa Clause") will play activist Mary Botha, who becomes a social worker in South Africa after witnessing a brutal police assault on a black youth. After befriending the Mandelas during the fight against apartheid, Botha is subjected to phone-tapping, police harassment and house arrest.

Darrell Roodt is directing the Canada/South Africa co-production, which is being produced by Michael Mosca of Equinoxe and Andre Pieterse of Iron Wood Film. The movie is being shot in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Robbin Island.

Repped by Innovative and Perry Zimel, Crewson has appeared in the features "Away From Her," "A Home at the End of the World," "The 6th Day," "Air Force One" and "What Lies Beneath."