New Mandela poster gives first look at older Idris Elba (Exclusive)

After the tough few teaser posters, and an inspirational trailer, we’ve got our first close-up look at Idris Elba as an old-aged Nelson Mandela for upcoming biopic ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’.

Check it out below, exclusive to Yahoo Movies UK.


Contrasted with the iconic “Free Nelson Mandela” inspired promos that arrived back in May, this new poster gives us a warmer, wiser look at the Anti-Apartheid leader as ‘Pacific Rim’ star Elba don’s some heavy prosthetics for the part.

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Based on the best-selling autobiography of the same name, the movie will follow Elba as the former South African leader through his fight as a an ANC activist, infamous 27 year imprisonment and eventual rise to Presidential office.

Co-starring Naomi Harris and directed by ‘The Other Boelyn Girl’ helmsman Justin Chadwick, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ is out in the UK 3 January 2014. You can hear Elba’s take on Mandela’s unforgettable voice in the official trailer below.

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