Thursday marked Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, and as the South African leader remains in a Pretoria hospital, the Weinstein Co. wants to remind us of the legacy of the Nobel Prize winner, and that it has an upcoming movie on the revolutionary.
The company released the trailer for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” on Friday (on Yahoo as well as at the U.N. General Assembly, per a release), offering a first extended look at Idris Elba as the icon and Naomie Harris as his wife and, as shown here, cinema-style pillar-of-strength Winnie Mandela.
Harvey Weinstein has a way of playing into the news, but even he couldn’t have anticipated the bizarre confluence: As the ailing Mandela has been the subject of a worldwide tribute these last few months, Weinstein was already preparing to release a movie that aims to be the leader's greatest cinematic legacy.
Directed by Justin Chadwick and produced by longtime Mandela confidante Anant Singh, the film aims to trace Mandela as his politics evolved from non-violent resistance to something more confrontational. “The leader you know, the man you didn’t,” an inter-title states.