Teaser Trailer for Nelson Mandela Biopic Starring Idris Elba Released

Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company, Distant Horizon, 20th Century Fox, Pathe UK
Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company, Distant Horizon, 20th Century Fox, Pathe UK

By: Taren Vaughan

Idris Elba Nelson Mandela biopic teaser trailer has been released. The news about upcoming biopics generally does one of two things. It either causes fans of the legendary person or people to become excited about the film or it brings about a lot negative criticism, especially when it comes to the actors and actresses chosen to take on the roles. Throughout his acting career, “Pacific Rim” star Idris Elba has tried his hand at numerous roles in movies. And now he has gotten the opportunity to take on one of the most powerful roles of his career starring as anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who is currently battling severe health issues, in a biopic. In the teaser trailer for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Idris Elba is captured walking across an open field with little African children running around him. And though he is only seen from a distance in the clip, Idris can be heard saying in a voice-over:

“I have walked a long walk to freedom. It has been a lonely road and it is not over yet. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin. People learn to hate. They can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart.”

Here’s a brief description of the upcoming biopic:

The epic motion picture will span Mandela’s extraordinary life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. It is a thrilling and ultimately joyous story of a good man triumphing against all odds.

Based on a screenplay by Bill Nicholson (Sarafina!, Gladiator, Les Miserables), the film will be directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl, The First Grader) and stars Golden-Globe winner, Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther, Prometheus), in the role of Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris (Skyfall, 28 Days Later, The First Grader) as Winnie Mandela.

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is set to hit movie theaters in the U.S. on November 29, 2013.

Check out the UK teaser trailer for the upcoming biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” below:


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