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First Look: Idris Elba As Mandela in “Long Walk To Freedom”



The first trailer for the highly anticipated biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom  is finally here. Starring Idris Elba, the film follows Mandela from childhood to prison to his inauguration as President of South Africa.

The quick trailer shows Elba’s Mandela walking along a mountain amongst a group of children. Viewers don’t get a close-up of his face, but do get to hear Elba say, via voiceover, “I have walked a long walk to freedom. It has been a long road, and it’s 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.”

The film, is based on Mandela’s own autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” and was produced with the help of his wife Winnie and children.

Elba told Essence. com that it was an honor to be selected by the family to play the role. ” I’m very proud of it and having become a part of his life forever,” said Elba. “He’s very much a part of my life, and our lives … And so, it’s a very big and proud moment for me.”

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is slated to hit U.S. theaters in November. In the meantime fans of Elba can see him on the big screen in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim and on the small screen reprising his role in Luther on BBC America this September.


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