The first full-length trailer for Nelson Mandela movie Long Walk To Freedom has landed – the day after the legendary South African leader celebrated his 95th birthday.
Starring Idris Elba as the beloved freedom fighter turned President, the footage takes in rallies, romance, massacres and inspirational speeches.
Charting Mandela’s struggles against the Apartheid regime and his 27-year incarceration, the trailer hints at a fine performance from Elba and a compelling mix of political thriller, courtroom drama and prison movie.
It has been directed by TV talent Justin Chadwick from a script by two-time Oscar nominee William Nicholson (Gladiator, Les Miserables), and co-stars Naomie Harris as the leader’s wife Winnie.
Mandela has been critically ill in hospital in recent weeks, but is now said to be recovering.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is set for release in the UK on January 3, 2014 – just in time for awards season.