Ready Or Not: Check Out The First Poster For The Nelson Mandela Biopic, “Long Walk To Freedom” Starring Idris Elba

May 21, 2013  |  

Despite all the commotion over Brit hottie Idris Elba playing iconic figure Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, the movie is definitely happening. The first poster has just dropped and it shows Elba covered in facial hair, brooding in the camera. In all honesty, Elba isn’t screaming Mandela in this picture. He just looks cool. But during the Cannes Film Festival, a trailer for the film was shown, and TwitchFilm seemed happy with what the movie has to offer so far, so maybe we all should be too:

“This is not your dad’s HBO Mandela film,” quipped Harvey after the trailer ran. I honestly have no idea what that means, but the film, starring Idris Elba as the South African leader, did look to be a very well executed period piece and plenty exciting.”

The movie is set to come out in November, specifically November 29, and it also stars Naomie Harris from the Bond film Skyfall, who will play Winnie Mandela. According to Shadow and Act, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom will cover everything from the revolutionary leader’s early years to the 27 years he spent in prison. The complete tale of his life, according to Idris Elba, is what makes his biopic, out of the trillion that have already been done about Mandela (including Invictus with Morgan Freeman and the shelved Winnie with Terrence Howard), a must-see:

“…my film’s about his entire life. Anyone wanting to understand who Mandela was should go and watch my film. Morgan Freeman is outstanding. Terrence Howard is an outstanding actor. But my film is about his life.”

Despite the physical differences, I think we all know that Elba can bring it as an actor, so I think he might pleasantly surprise everybody when the film is released in November. Do you think you’ll check it out?

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