“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is a biographical film directed by Justin Chadwick from a script written by William Nicholson. The film is based on the 1994 book Long Walk to Freedom by anti-apartheid revolutionary and former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The film after its first premiere on Saturday September 7, 2013 at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, it is scheduled to be released on November 29, 2013.
Long Walk to Freedom is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which showcases his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.
The cast includes:
Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela
Naomie Harris as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Tony Kgoroge as Walter Sisulu
Terry Pheto as Evelyn
The movie is produced by Anant Singh, who started working on the project after interviewing Mandela while he was still imprisoned two decades ago.
Following the publication of Mandela’s autobiography, Singh was granted the rights to the film adaptation, which was completed 16 years later by screenwriter William Nicholson. The two-hour-and-thirteen-minute film is directed by Justin Chadwick.
The famous band “U2” had written a song specifically for the film entitled “Ordinary Love”.
It was also premiered in South Africa on November 3, 2013 and was shown at the White House on November 7, 2013.
Mandela has yet to see it due to being in critical but stable condition in his Johannesburg home.
It is due to be released in South Africa on November 28 and premiere in New York and Los Angeles one day later.