New Mandela Biopic To Be Released In November
A film based on Nelson Mandela’s bestselling autobiography ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ will be released in November, producers said on Monday. The biopic, entitled Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, is to star British actor Idris Elba as the iconic anti-apartheid hero and will trace his life from childhood to imprisonment and presidency in 1994.
The book, an inspiration to many, was first published in 1994, and has been translated into several languages, producer Anant Singh was awarded the film rights in 1996.
The film will feature a host of local actors and was shot at various locations in the Eastern Cape, Mandela’s birthplace, Johannesburg and Cape Town, Producers say it is the only motion picture that has the endorsement of the Mandela and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the centre that manages his legacy.
Several documentaries and films inspired by the life of the 94-year-old statesman have been made over the years The 1997 film Mandela and de Klerk starred Sidney Poitier as Mandela while Dennis Haysbert played him in Goodbye Bafana (2007), In the 2009 BBC television film Mrs Mandela, Nelson Mandela was portrayed by David Harewood and Morgan Freeman portrayed him in Invictus (2009)
“We are honoured to have had Madiba license us the film rights to his fascinating life story,” said Singh in a statement, using the popular name for Mandela.