2012 has began in a big way for Brit actor Idris Elba. With rumours that his hit show Luther may be headed to the big screen, Idris has now signed on to play the role of Nelson Mandela, in an official biographical film about the iconic South African human rights leader. The film will be based on the book Long Walk to Freedom, penned by Mandela himself, and will begin filming later this year.
Doing the press rounds for “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance,” Idris Elba caught up with HipHollywood and revealed that later this year, he’ll start lensing on another Mandela project. “My big project this year, I’m gonna go play Nelson Mandela in ‘Long Walk To Freedom’, an autobiographical work written by Nelson Mandela himself, which highlights his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison… That’s where my head is geared to this summer,” he said. Will Smith and Denzel Washington had been considered for the role, NME reports, but in the end, it appears as though the best man has won big. (more…)
I’ve been blogging for a while about the new Winnie Mandela biopic which is currently being shot in South Africa. I’m so excited because I think Winnie Mandela is a largely misunderstood woman. Just put yourself in her shoes. She was expected to be a freedom fighter, provider, mother and wife to a prisoner, all at the same time. And, like most women, she was expected to be perfect. I salute Winnie Mandela for her strength and courage in the face of stuggle.
The above photo is from Winnie and Nelson’s wedding day. I think she looks beautiful. Pop the top to see a pic of Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard recreating the moment. (more…)
As I had already told you, Jennifer Hudson will be playing Winnie Mandela in the new Winnie biopic. The big news, though, is that Nelson Mandela will be played by none other than Terrence Howard!!! How excited am I! Although I don’t really know if he’s well suited for the part. So used to him looking all pimped out and smooth 🙂 They are both great actors though and I’m sure they will do their absolute best coz I love me some Winnie!