Idris Elba is to play South African icon Nelson Mandela in an upcoming biopic.

The film will be based on the book Long Walk to Freedom, and will begin filming later this year. Although there are few details surrounding the production, this is just one of two planned films on Nelson Mandela.

The other project, Madiba, is a six-part miniseries produced by Mandela’s grandson, Kweku Mandela, and will use two of the great leader’s books to frame the film. Madiba will is also being produced by  three different global companies–UK’s Left Bank Pictures, Canada’s Blue Ice Films and South Africa’s Out of Africa Entertainment–and will begin filming later this year.


Originally posted Feb 21st 2012.