*Jennifer Hudson isn’t the only actress about to hit the big screen as Winnie Mandela.
Naomie Harris, who arrives in theaters Friday in the latest James Bond thriller “Skyfall,” [scroll down for the trailer] portrays the wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” with Idris Elba starring as her famous husband.
“I started filming that two days after I finished Bond,” the English actress told us during recent interviews for the 007 project. “So that’s all I had as a break to completely get my head into something completely different, like learning the accent… It was really tough.”
Hudson’s “Winnie,” in theaters Nov. 12, is based on Anne Marie du Preez Bezrob’s biography “Winnie Mandela: A Life,” and follows the politician through her childhood, marriage and husband’s incarceration under apartheid.
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is adapted from Nelson Mandela’s memoir about his time in prison, his subsequent release and rise to the presidency. At present, it does not have a U.S. distributor, but is scheduled to open in Harris’ native UK in 2013.
Below, the newest Bond girl explains how difficult it was for her to step into Winnie Mandela’s shoes.