Here's your first glimpse at Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

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It’s impossible to not know who Nelson Mandela is. The icon, the hero, the first democratically elected president of this country. Mandela may not have been alone as he worked with numerous other individuals to help end apartheid, but he was most certainly the face of that revolution.

With the national saint in hospital, the country is naturally feeling apprehensive and sad as to whether or not the 94 year old political veteran will see another sunrise. But it’s not his inevitable death that we need to focus on, it’s the lessons that he has left behind for future generations. A lesson that is perfectly captured in this first teaser trailer by Idris Elba, for Long walk to freedom.

I don’t think anything else really needs to be said here. Sure, we don’t see Elba as Madiba, but he’s most certainly nailed the voice of the former president, to a degree that just sent a shiver down my spine. Is the trailer a bit to on the nose by showing an actual long walk? I don’t care, because this film just shot up high on my wishlist.

Long walk to Freedom is out next year January, and is directed by Justin Chadwick.

Last Updated: July 16, 2013

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