The first trailer of the highly anticipated biopic of the extraordinary life of South African hero Nelson Mandela, titled “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” has been released.
The movie stars Idris Elba as the revolutionary anti-Apartheid hero, and will be released in cinemas on the 3rd of January, 2014.
The trailer shows a simple aerial shot of Elba’s Mandela walking across a rural landscape with running children.
Elba is already being tipped for an Oscar nomination for his performance in the film, which is based on Mandela’s own autobiographical book, Long Walk To Freedom, published in 1994.
However the choice of Londoner Idris Elba to play the part of the former South African president was a controversial one, as the much-loved leader has not yet been portrayed by a fellow South African on screen.
The film is directed by Justin Chadwick and stars Skyfall’s Naomie Harris as Mandela’s former wife Winnie.