Video | Long Walk To Freedom: First Trailer Starring Idris Elba
This epic motion picture spans Mandela’s extraordinary life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa.
The biopic stars Luther’s Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, the former South African President and iconic anti-apartheid revolutionary. The trailer shows a simple aerial shot of Elba’s Mandela walking across a rural landscape with running children.
Elba is already being tipped for an Oscar nomination for his performance in the film, which is based on Mandela’s own autobiographical book, Long Walk To Freedom, published in 1994.
However the choice of Londoner Idris Elba to play the part of the former South African president was a controversial one, as the much-loved leader has not yet been portrayed by a fellow South African on screen.
The film is directed by Justin Chadwick and stars Skyfall’s Naomie Harris as Mandela’s former wife Winnie.