Naomie Harris is reportedly “in talks” to star as Winnie Mandela opposite Idris Elba’s as Nelson Mandela in the new biopic announced a few weeks ago.
Justin Chadwick in also said to be in advanced talks to direct the film which will be based on Long Walk to Freedom – the autobiographical work written by Nelson Mandela himself, which highlights his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison.
According to Screen Daily, the project will have an “epic sweep,” from a script written by Gladiator, Shadowlands and Les Miserables writer William Nicholson, and is likely to shoot in South Africa in May.
By the way, director Chadwick and Harris have worked before in the 2010 drama The First Grader about a Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter.
Of course, if/when this finally is complete, comparisons to the Jennifer Hudson/Terence Howard Winnie Mandela biopic are bound to happen; although this one with Elba, Harris, Chadwick and screenwriter Nicholson certainly has more promise.