Starting today in theaters worldwide you can see Idris Elba fight off alien monsters in “Pacific Rim.” While that film is unlikely to snag him any awards come Fall, his next project, the Nelson Mandela biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” is — should it go over well.
Based on Mandela’s autobiography of the same name and directed by Justin
Chadwick (“The First Grader”), the drama stars Elba as the titular political activist and Bond’s new Moneypenny, Naomie Harris, as
his ex-wife Winnie Mandela. From the looks of the just-released teaser, the British Elba has nailed down the tricky South Africa accent. How his performance stacks up is still in question. Thoughts?
The Weinstein Company opens “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” November 29th.