The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer and new posters for director Justin Chadwick’s (The Other Boleyn Girl) upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The film chronicles the life of Nelson Mandela from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first black president South Africa. Not much in the trailer other than Elba’s spot on voice impression of the iconic Mandela. Naomie Harris co-stars as his wife Winnie.
I am quite curious to see which Weinstein film is going to receive their annual Oscar push come the end of the year Grace of Monaco and August: Osage County being other options. On paper this hits a lot of checks on the Oscar contender check-list. Hopefully this continues Idris Elba’s path to Hollywood A-lister.
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. MANDELA is the thrilling story of an ordinary man who rose to the challenge of his times and triumphed – an intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon.