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Idris Elba to play Nelson Mandela in new biopic

By CinemaBlend.com | Feb 27, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 103 ]

This will put Elba on a distinguished list of actors who have portrayed the heralded humanitarian that includes Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Sidney Poitier, and Morgan Freeman

This is shaping up to be a major year for Idris Elba. Fresh off his Golden Globe win for the sharp BBC sleuth series Luther, the devastatingly handsome British leading man dove into production on Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. Though that sci-fi adventure won't hit theaters until 2013, Elba will soon be seen in Ridley Scott's Alien-inspired horror-thriller Prometheus, which opens June 8th. However, it was during the press tour for his latest effort, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, that Idris teased an altogether different feature, which he called his "big project this year".

What could possibly be bigger than working with two of contemporary cinema's most exciting sci-fi crafters on two hotly anticipated big-budget adventures? Why, playing renowned anti-apartheid activist turned South African president Nelson Mandela in a soon-to-shoot biopic.

Elba gave Hip Hollywood the details:

"I'm gonna' go play Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom, an autobiographical work written by Nelson Mandela himself, which highlights his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison…That's where my head is geared to this summer."

This will put Elba on a distinguished list of actors who have portrayed the heralded humanitarian that includes Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Sidney Poitier, and Morgan Freeman.

It's a role that is inherently intimidating with shoes that are frightfully hard to fill.

Still, CinemaBlend.com says Elba seems completely fit for the part.

He has proven time and time again to be an incredibly powerful performer and talented actor, so tackling the tale of Mandela should be well within his abilities.

But Elba also has this incorrigible spirit that radiates through every effort be it comedy (The Office) or drama (The Wire).

He, like Mandela, is intensely affable, and this mixed with his remarkable dramatic chops should lend to one of the best Mandela portrayals yet, if not the best.

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@Dzel Africa must respect itself by funding these movies telling own stories to the world they shouldn't wait on America to come do that for them, Americans are doing what they know to have worked for them iro of the returns for their investments, if we are that pathetic to not even be able to tell our own stories and fund those ourselves, then we can't be going around blaming the USA, Nigerians and Indians are makign their own movies and telling their own stories to the world do you know Noliwood and Bollywood? and you would wonder hwy guys like Ngema who are being funded by teh gov has not think about this project.

Feb 27, 2012 2:43 | 0 replies

DJWinner - Babes Im addicted to them ..lol Eish kuningi ongakwazi ngami,lol

Sommar - lol you are showing me another side of yours I never knew you had. I spend most of my spare time on you tube, in short I cant imagine life without music, quality music I mean. If you dont mind please share with me the project you are working on...

Anyway you are spot on ngoChomme, she is more of a dancer . Vocally, she is failing dismally.

Feb 27, 2012 3:8 | 0 replies

@RobinH
Dzel: So you are familiar with Rwandan dialects?
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No but I know south African languages, accents and the actors in question; figuring out the actors were using their normal accents was not rocket science.

Feb 27, 2012 3:8 | 0 replies

Tjo Dzel the Rwanda story told by Ruandees is enough to churn your stomach I met in person a survivor and a guy who was part of the gov of the day then responsible to plan the genocide the guy lives happily on Belgiums tax payers account, it makes me so angry that all these guys have nice lives overseas in the so called 'exile' whilst their victims are still trying to pick up beats and pieces of their lives, that is why strongly believe that every country which generates refugees and any related human destruction, heads of state from those countries should be tried at the Hague.

I feel at the moment desperately depressed that the leader of Syria has amended the constitution so he can rule till 2028 that is if there is anybody left for him to rule after all his serial murdering escapades,

Feb 27, 2012 3:8 | 0 replies

somaartakeit
hayi mara nam ndivumelana no Dzel Gill was brilliant stru s'God ndamthanda serious wandenza ndathanda amadaki futhi,
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Lol!

Feb 27, 2012 3:9 | 0 replies

Galfrend,

Yoh hai ,I think she tried too much and exagerated, the way she said " eya mma" sounded really terrible for me...
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But that is how it is pronounced, emphasis is on "mme". She sounded genuine, I had no issue with her pronunciation.

Feb 27, 2012 3:11 | 0 replies

Galfrend
DJWinner - Babes Im addicted to them ..lol Eish kuningi ongakwazi ngami,lol
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he he he...I hope I will learn more sthandwa sami. Have a nice day, see you later. Bye...

Feb 27, 2012 3:12 | 0 replies

@CheeseBoy He is not an American but of Sierra Leonean descents but born in England.

Feb 27, 2012 3:14 | 0 replies

Tshini MiniMInaj why uhleka ntombi? umhle lawoman and umzimba wakhe o traditionally built lol she carries it very well maybe ngamadaki shem, that woman brought to the fore the beauty of a fully figured woman, shem and I liked the story too, I read all the series, it is better read but the movie was entertaining I thought:-)

Feb 27, 2012 3:14 | 0 replies

somaartakeit
hayi mara nam ndivumelana no Dzel Gill was brilliant stru s'God ndamthanda serious wandenza ndathanda amadaki futhi,
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Really? I differ shame, and her secretary on that movie ,I dont know her name, tjo she was just too much man...

Feb 27, 2012 3:15 | 0 replies

RobinH
Hotel Rwanda was a movie that moved me personally more than any other I have ever watched.
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You love seeing Africans in misery don't,you must have enjoyed it.I think it is fair to say the caucasian was the root of the Rwandan and Burundi civil wars.

Feb 27, 2012 3:16 | 0 replies