'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' PosterThe Weinstein Company


This couldn't come at a more bittersweet moment: Just a few weeks after Nelson Mandela was hospitalized in Pretoria, the first teaser trailer has debuted for the upcoming biographical film about the South African luminary, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." And even with very little actual footage shown, the movie looks stirring and inspirational.

The trailer starts off with text ("It only takes one man to change the world"), followed by a panoramic shot of Mandela, played by "Pacific Rims"'s Idris Elba, walking along a field, followed by small children.

As the moment plays out, Elba-as-Mandela narrates, "I have walked a long walk to freedom. It has been a long road and it is not over yet. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin. People learn to hate; they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart." By the end of the trailer, you'll have a pretty big lump lodged in your throat.

Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary who was jailed for most of his adult life, has previously been portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus." This new film, directed by British actor and filmmaker Justin Chadwick, also stars Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, and Jamie Bartlett.


The trailer is British, so it advertises an early January release date, but the Weinstein Company will be rolling the film out domestically on November 29, just in time for Oscar season.

[via Deadline]

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