One of the most fascinating, complex, revered figures of our generation, Nelson Mandela has a life story that profoundly speaks to unwavering courage, overwhelming compassion for people and the sheer tenacity of the human spirit. It’s a huge undertaking for any actor to capture Mandela onscreen yet Idris Elba seems poised to step up to the challenge.
The British actor was cast in the lead role of ‘Long Walk to Freedom,’ a film based on Mandela’s autobiography of the same name. The movie, which also stars Naomie Harris as Winnie, chronicles Nelson Mandela’s life from childhood to his election as the South African president.
From the look of the poster, which debuted on The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ could be a memorable, compelling film featuring a breakthrough performance by Idris Elba. The producers are betting on it; it will be released in the United States on November 29th, which is optimal timing for awards consideration.