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Idris Elba to star in Mandela biopic

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Idris Elba was announced to star in the Nelson Mandela biopic LONG WALK TO FREEDOM last week, but now the film has been announced to begin shooting this May with a release likely to be in time for awards season.

Elba is one of the better actors working today and yet rarely gets the full movie star roles he so richly deserves. From television roles on THE WIRE, THE OFFICE, and the excellent LUTHER, he has shown a great range, both dramatic and comedic. On the big screen, he is in the upcoming PROMETHEUS and has also been in the superhero films GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE and THOR.

According to the producers of the biopic (who have been trying to make this film for fifteen years), the movie will span Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. The story is described as a thrilling and ultimately joyous story of a good man triumphing against all odds.

The film will be directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) and written by William Nicholson (Gladiator). It has the potential to be a sweeping, epic film that could rocket Elba to the top of the Hollywood elite, if done correctly.

Extra Tidbit: Elba joins an esteemed list of actors who have played Mandela: Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, David Harewood, Dennis Haysbert, Terrence Howard, Clarke Peters, and Sidney Poitier.

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6:23PM on 03/19/2012

Stringer Bell is the shit

but I really hope they make this movie in a way where it is not boring
but I really hope they make this movie in a way where it is not boring
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6:44PM on 03/19/2012
Idris is ace!
Idris is ace!
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8:25PM on 03/19/2012
Idris is the man. Still wish he had been cast as Django. : (
Idris is the man. Still wish he had been cast as Django. : (
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9:12PM on 03/19/2012
Want to be a big star? Start on The Office.
Want to be a big star? Start on The Office.
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10:16PM on 03/19/2012
Love Idris Elba, I hope with Prometheus this year and then Pacific Rim in 2013 he will get the recognition he deserves.
Love Idris Elba, I hope with Prometheus this year and then Pacific Rim in 2013 he will get the recognition he deserves.
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12:25AM on 03/20/2012
This guy is so fucking awesome. Stringer Bell is one of the best characters on T.V. in the last 10 years. I'll take The Wire over The Sopranos any day of the week. Haven't seen Luther yet, but I hear it is great. This guy deserves to be a big star. Hope it happens for him.
This guy is so fucking awesome. Stringer Bell is one of the best characters on T.V. in the last 10 years. I'll take The Wire over The Sopranos any day of the week. Haven't seen Luther yet, but I hear it is great. This guy deserves to be a big star. Hope it happens for him.
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9:47AM on 03/20/2012
Elba is a fantastic actor and deserves all the credit he gets.

Luthor is tremendous and crying out for a third season. If anyone hasn't caught it yet then do so. Now! :D
Elba is a fantastic actor and deserves all the credit he gets.

Luthor is tremendous and crying out for a third season. If anyone hasn't caught it yet then do so. Now! :D
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