A little while back we learned that social/political icon and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, had some close relatives who were getting into the reality show business. His granddaughters will soon be starring in a reality show called Being Mandela… and while I wasn’t too psyched about that news, I do have high hopes for the Mandela biopic that is currently in the works. Apparently, British actor Idris Elba has been tapped to take on this very important role. Click inside to learn more!
Paste Magazine has the story:
The Hollywood Reporter announced today that The Weinstein Co. has already acquired the North American rights to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, director Justin Chadwick’s upcoming biopic of beloved South African civil rights leader/President Nelson Mandela.
Currently in post-production, the film stars Luther’s Idris Elba as Mandela and Skyfall’s Naomie Harris as his wife, Winnie.
The film was adapted by Les Miserables screenwriter William Nicholson from Mandela’s autobiography and produced by Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh, who acquired the rights to the book shortly after its publication in 1996.
I’m actually pretty excited for this one. I love a good biopic, and this sounds like it has all the makings of a good biopic. Idris Elba is hawt stuff, but, first, he’s a brilliant actor. What do you guys think? Are you in?