Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will follow Nelson Mandela's story from his childhood in the village of Mvezo to his history-making ascent to the presidency of South Africa in 1994. Speaking to its themes, the newly released UK teaser quotes Mandela's book...
This will put Elba on a distinguished list of actors who have portrayed the heralded humanitarian that includes Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Sidney Poitier, and Morgan Freeman. It's a role that is inherently intimidating with shoes that are frightfully hard to fill. Still, Elba seems completely fit for the part. Of course, he has proven time and time again to be an incredibly powerful performer and talented actor, so tackling the tale of Mandela should be well within his abilities.