'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Trailer and Posters Released
We thought that Morgan Freeman would give us the ultimate portrayal of Nelson Mandela. We were wrong.
Idris Elba is already on the 2014 Oscars shortlist for a role in a film that nearly no one has seen yet. Maybe it's the sheer power that he manages to put on display in the latest trailer for the Nelson Mandela biopic, maybe it's the fact that it's a politically charged biopic (historically, that's what's known as "Oscar fodder") and that he's an actor long in need of some serious recognition.
In any case, the results of the "let's see if people will accept Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela" test are in, and if the look of this trailer and the related posters are any indication, Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom is the Mandela biopic that people were hoping for when Morgan Freeman's Invictus was announced.
Unlike Invictus, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will center on Nelson Mandela as a young freedom fighter, well before he reaches Morgan Freeman's age.
Below we have two new posters (courtesy of Indiewire) featuring Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, and Naomie Harris as his second wife, Winnie Mandela.
In addition, a new trailer has also been released that not only highlights the earlier years of Mandela's life, but exactly how far the film will follow him into his time behind bars, as well as the revolution that his imprisonment started.
Mandela, whose quotes have filled so many with inspiration throughout the years, , was an anti-apartheid revolutionary, and also stands as the first Black South African to hold office. Many who hold the icon in high-esteem have been excited for a film that focuses on the things Mandela did to change the world around him, and it seems that Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom is exactly the film they've been hoping for.
The creators and producers of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom recommend purchasing tickets in advance for groups that wish to experience a historically accurate portrayal of Nelson Mandela's life. Due to the film's content and the overwhelming response to black movies over the past year, tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Visit www.weinsteinco.com/groups/ for more group ticketing information.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will hit theaters in January.