Trailer Park: Idris Elba is 'Mandela'
July 19th, 2013
05:01 PM ET

Trailer Park: Idris Elba is 'Mandela'

In what's probably more calculated than just a bout of good timing, the theatrical trailer for "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" has arrived to coincide with Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday on Thursday.

A teaser for the biopic was released last week, but it didn't hint at how vibrant and powerful the full trailer would be.

In two-and-a-half minutes, the "Mandela" clip offers glimpses into the life and work of the iconic South African freedom fighter, with K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag" serving as a soundtrack.

Idris Elba steps into character as a young Mandela, and takes us from an initial meeting with the leader's eventual wife, Winnie (Naomie Harris), to his imprisonment for fighting back against a system of oppression.

Directed by Justin Chadwick ("The Other Boleyn Girl"; "The First Grader"), the film is supposed to stretch across Mandela's life in full, beginning with his experience as a child living in a rural village, and winding down with his release from prison and subsequent election to become the first black president of South Africa.

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is scheduled to arrive in select theaters in the U.S. on November 29.

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    July 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. not my social mandy....doc her


    July 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. disney

    me too

    July 22, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Wet Panty Massacre

    I look forward to this film of historical moments. Perhaps I bookmark your site to agree with more article as of this. Cheers!

    July 22, 2013 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. ElSlobbo44

    I on thats right

    July 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ian

    Oi, mate! Good on ya!

    July 21, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bringing it in right there..thanks


    July 21, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |


    July 20, 2013 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dallas55

    Born white Rhodesian, we were compelled to depart when the security situation deteriorated and Mugabe seized our property as political patronage to his supporters. It took Detroit about fifty years to fail. It took Rhodesia less than five. John, below, is peddling a 1960s theory of egalitarianism at the end of which is utopia. That's like a communist promising economic prosperity. The IQ gap, education gap, employment gap, crime all out of proportion to their numbers – those are facts. Do you believe facts, or John's theory?

    July 20, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • you offer nothing but control and lucky you are able too do it...


      July 20, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      If you're so confident that you are correct (and from a superior race by the sounds of your posts) then why do you need to post under 3 different usernames? Is it to make it look like you aren't the only rac-ist on this board? Because I can assure you , you are not! Sokman and Pliny (also the same person) can have a talk with you about that.

      July 22, 2013 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Miguel

    I predict this movie will depict whites as mean and evil, and blacks as victims and fair-minded. Complete garbage. At the height of apartheid, blacks from neighboring countries were sneaking IN to south Africa because it was the only African country that had safety and a functioning economy. And the only African country run by whites. Except Rhodesia, which also was safe and prosperous until blacks took over. Wake up and smell the coffee, people. Living in fantasy land is ruining countries, societies, ruining America.

    July 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      And I predict you, Miguel, will continue to live a miserable, fearful existence with few friends and an embarrassed family.

      July 20, 2013 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • marcus

      Exactly. Because Hollywood has never shown other cultures in a negative light. That's never, ever been an issue.

      July 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Grayson

    Another installment of leftist propaganda to rewrite history and indoctrinate the unwashed masses with white guilt. There's nothing good about Mandela. He is a negative force for destruction and ruin. You've done enough damage already, Hollywood. This is another white guilt movie I think I'll pass.

    July 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Nothing to see here, folks, just another ignorant racist living in perpetual fear, move along...

      July 20, 2013 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • anna

      To John – another idiot that doesnt know what he is talking about.

      July 22, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      Spot on. The Media or Hollywood has never shown other cultures in a negative light. There's always been a positive spin placed on Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Natives...They always come off looking intelligent and educated.

      July 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Al

    Long Live Mandela and long live Idris Elba.

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