Luther and The Wire actor Idris Elba has been confirmed to play former South Africa president Nelson Mandela in the long awaited official biopic ‘The Long Walk To Freedom’
Producer Anant Singh confirmed the news by saying:
“We are delighted finally to be in pre-production on Long Walk to Freedom. It has taken many years to find the right actor, however Idris is perfectly cast to play Nelson Mandela – he has the passion, the star power, the African upbringing and, of course, the height.”
Elba has been linked to the project a number of times in the past few years. Filming is scheduled to begin in May.
Singh acquired the rights to the film in 1997 from Mr Mandela himself.
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