Over the weekend, The Weinstein Company released the first full trailer for their upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Starring Idris Elba as that most iconic of all South Africans, the film chronicles Nelson Mandela’s dramatic transformation from law student to civil rights activist to freedom fighter to terrorist to prisoner to his nation’s president.
With Mandela himself now confined to what is likely going to be his death bed, it seems like a stroke of morbid coincidence how his life is about to be immortalised on the big screen. There’s no doubt Elba will bring a lot of gravitas to this role — he’s also managing to nail Mandela’s distinct speech pattern without making it seem like a Harry Enfield sketch character.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens in the UK 3 January 2013