Mandela movie to be released in November

2013-05-28 07:54
Johannesburg - A film based on Nelson Mandela's bestselling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom will be released in November, producers said on Monday.

The biopic, entitled Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, is to star British actor Idris Elba as the iconic anti-apartheid hero and will trace his life from childhood to imprisonment and presidency in 1994.

"We are honoured to have had Madiba license us the film rights to his fascinating life story," said producer Anant Singh in a statement, using the popular name for Mandela.

Singh said he was pleased when Mandela looked at some of the images of Elba in the trademark Madiba shirt, and remarked, "Is that me?"

"This recognition and affirmation from Madiba is extremely satisfying and makes our journey worthwhile," he said.

Endorsement of Madiba

The book, an inspiration to many, was published in 1994, and has been translated into several languages. Singh was awarded the film rights in 1996.

The film features a host of local actors and was shot at various locations in the Eastern Cape, Mandela's birthplace, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Producers say it is the only motion picture that has the endorsement of the Mandela and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the centre that manages his legacy.

Several documentaries and films inspired by the life of the 94-year-old statesman have been made over the years.

Early this year it was announced that The Weinstein Company had acquired the North American distribution rights for the film.

The frail Mandela is currently recuperating at his Johannesburg home following several bouts in hospital for respiratory infections.


  • Nokuthula Majenge Tshabalala - 2013-05-28 08:07

    Thank you I can't wait to see it

  • Calvin Chauke - 2013-05-28 08:28

    I never read the book, can,t wait for the sharp...

  • Nick.P.Andrews - 2013-05-28 08:33

    Maybe holding on for a while in the vain hope he will pass away to gain more publicity for the film.

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2013-05-28 08:47

    Bring it on. Cant wait to watch the movie.

  • Pumie Ngobozana - 2013-05-28 08:51

    Why do we have to go overseas to find an actor that can play Madiba? First it was Morgan Freeman, who could not even pronounce Rholihlahla and now Idris Elba. Are our South African actors that useless?

      JakeMuso - 2013-05-28 09:57


      Donovan Dunn - 2013-05-28 11:26

      urgh..this old one again. When will people realise that in order to secure funding, you need to use actors that people will recognise and thus give credibility to the story and get bums in seats. Just cause its shot in ZA, doesnt mean you HAVE to use ZA actors. get over it

  • AntikZa - 2013-05-28 09:28

    Thanks for warning me. I will give this a skip for sure.

  • alta.steyn.3 - 2013-05-28 10:08

    Not interested. Point. Just another reason for everybody to blame everything on apartheid after watching the movie. No thanks. As long as movies like these are produced people will never learn to accept each other and live in peace.

  • Amatambo - 2013-05-28 13:50

    Oh, PU-leeeez, why don't you just go the whol hog and ask the pope to canonise Mandela as he is already known as the 'saint.' Some 'saint' who is a communist guilty of terrorism, murder, theft - but then, what else do you expect from the devil's spawn today - morality has gone down the tubes in every respect, and we who still try to maintain some smidgeon of morality and decency are vilified by the loony leftwingers... I suppose if - and when this movie runs, viewers will be "oohing and aanhing" - not for me, thanks...

      Braam Groenewald - 2013-05-28 16:33

      Hope they show Mandela's involvement in the kruger square bombings killing innocent woman and children

  • Joshua van Vuren - 2013-05-28 19:02

    Why a British actor, WTF?!

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