'American Idol': Actors want Jennifer Hudson out of Mandela film

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South African actors want to stop Jennifer Hudson playing  Nelson Mandela's wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, reports said Monday.

The Creative Workers Union of South Africa said using foreign actors to tell the country's stories undermined efforts to develop the national film industry.

"It can't happen that we want to develop our own Hollywood and yet bring in imports," the union's president Mabutho Sithole said in The Citizen newspaper.

"This decision must be reversed, it must be stopped now," union secretary general Oupa Lebogo said in The Times. "If the matter doesn't come up for discussion, we will push for a moratorium to be placed on the film."

Hudson landed the role of Madikizela-Mandela in November.

The film will be directed by South African film-maker Darrell J. Roodt, whose films include "Cry, The Beloved Country" and "Sarafina."

Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for her husband's release during his 27-year imprisonment in the apartheid era. She separated from Nelson Mandela in 1992, two years after he was out of prison.

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