The new trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom provides plenty of new footage and gives us a better look at Idris Elba’s transformation in the title role. We’re also given more footage of his wife’s (Naomie Harris) big and important role in his life. The film may be as much about her life as it is about his. Elba’s accent may be a little jarring, but it looks as though he gives the performance of his career in this film. The love people have for Nelson Mandela will no doubt be adding pressure to the already high expectations being placed on the movie. The film has ‘Oscars’ written all over it – hopefully it doesn’t disappoint.
Synopsis and character posters underneath the trailer.
Official synopsis for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom:
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.
The film stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto.
ETA: USA (Limited) – 29 November, 2013. UK – 3 January, 2014.