Is it cynical to look at the trailer for 'Winnie' and immediately wonder if stars Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard have Oscar on their minds? Sure, a bit. But let's not kid around: you don't sign up to play Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela in a movie without the thought at least flashing through your head.

The first trailer for 'Winnie' (which played at the Toronto International Film Festival) is exactly what you'd expect it to be, hitting every single biopic beat, one right after another. Of course there are stirring strings on the soundtrack and of course Howard and Hudson get to quietly whisper to each other and yell dramatically at their enemies ( and both of them seem perfectly serviceable in their respective roles, for the record). Although this certainly feels like a movie we've seen many times before, the focus on Winnie instead of Nelson should be interesting; her husband's life and actions are incredibly well known, but hers? Not quite as much.

Here's the trailer:

And here's the official synopsis:
"This film reveals the enigma that is Winnie Mandela. A sensitive depiction, Winnie portrays her life’s journey amidst the unwavering love between her and Nelson Mandela, and their unfaltering commitment to the struggle for democracy in South Africa. Winnie takes the audience on an epic voyage of understanding – painting a vivid portrait of one of the world’s most remarkable women."