Jennifer Hudson blew us away as Effie in “Dreamgirls” but we haven’t seen the Academy Award-winning actress in as dramatic a role since. A new film, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” requires that Hudson play a darker, more sinister character. In the drama, which premieres tomorrow at Sundance Film Festival, the audience meets “a deglamorized Hudson displays dramatic chops that have been underused since Dreamgirls, landing some moving moments,” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Co-produced by Alicia Keys and written by Micheal Starrbury, “Mister and Pete” follows two young boys, who are abandoned when their mother is taken to prison, as they fight to survive in dangerous, crime-ridden Brooklyn projects.

Catch a sneak peek of the film below that also stars Jordin Sparks and Anthony Mackie:


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