‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Preview: Man Behind the Icon

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has been something of a dark horse (no pun) in the fall awards season buildup – but the biopic is poised to a get boost now that Mandela has passed on. The timing of release can either been seen as an unfortunate and awkward thing, or a fitting eulogy for the South Africa icon.

Following the story of Nelson Mandela’s childhood up to his election as the first black elected president of South Africa in 1994, Long Walk to Freedom will cover the foundation of the man, and the political turmoil in the region that led to him serving over 27 years in prison for conspiracy to overthrow the apartheid government of the time. Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther) plays Mandela in his adult years, while actress Naomie Harris (Skyfall) plays activist (and Mandela’s eventual wife) Winnie Madikizela.

While some people may point to Morgan Freeman’s portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the 2009 film Invictus as THE defining cinematic portrait of the man, Invictus was actually a thin slice out of Mandela’s life during his first presidential term – and the movie isn’t really about him, when you get down to it.

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Long Walk to Freedom is a much wider portrait of the man –  strangely fitting for this time when the world is remembering him. With 3 Golden Globe nominations – including one for Elba – this movie will be in discussion at the major 2014 awards ceremonies.

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will be in US theaters on Christmas Day.

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  1. I think I’ve already seen enough clips from this movie over the last 5 months to know Idris should be earning his first Best Actor from the Academy as a late entry for the 2014 ceremony.

  2. I’ve seen the movie, and I liked it. And Elba does a good portrayal of Mandela.

  3. wow…this is the first trailer i’ve seen of this…looks powerful

  4. Was made available a long time ago on net. Saw it. It’s astounding. The actor is phenomenal.

  5. I saw the film and it is fantastic!! IDRIS ELBA WILL BE NOMINATED FOR OSCAR!!!

  6. Only in America can a terrorist be made to look like an angel in a bio-pic.

    Wonder if the movie will show how he ordered bombings that killed innocent women and children.

    • Actually, it’s a British movie starring British actors in the lead roles based on Mandela’s own self-penned book about his experiences before you want to continue posting any more of your nonsense about a great man, who will be an infinite times more of a man than you could ever be.

      Unless you’re just a joke account trying to get a rise out of people, which I suspect to be the case.

      • WOW typical comeback. FROM AN IGNORANT PERSON.

        WHAT DID MANDELA GO TO PRISON FOR EXACTLY????

        HE WAS HEAD OF THE MILITANT WING OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY.

        HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MULTIPLE ACTS OF TERRORISM AGAINST CIVILIANS.

        HE WAS A TERRORIST.

  7. I’ll say Idris Elba did a torific job and he deserves an oscar.