Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Teaser Trailer - Watch Idris Elba Give Voice To Apartheid Leader

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Coming on the heels of the 94 year-old apartheid leader€™s hospitalization earlier this month, the teaser trailer for €œMandela: Long Walk To Freedom€ is short on content but big on emotion and respect for the man€™s ideals.

There€™s only one scene of actual footage, literally evoking the film€™s metaphorical title with a long-shot of elderly Mandela walking along a sun-set field with children flagging behind him. What tugs the heart-strings is the stirring narration by actor Idris Elba, who portrays the former South African president, giving voice to Mandela€™s ethos: €œPeople learn to hate; they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart."

For Elba, who€™s got Pacific Rim opening now and the small-screen Luther returning for its third season, playing Mandela represents a well-deserved prominence that will likely garner awards season buzz. It will be interesting to see his take on the man and how it compares with Morgan Freeman€™s version in Clint Eastwood€™s Invictus, where the president played a smaller role. If the voice and cadence featured here are any indication, it€™s going to be a career-defining turn.

Directed by Justin Chadwick, whose "The First Grader" was the powerful tale of a Kenyan freedom fighter returning to elementary school for a formal education, "Mandela: The Long Road to Freedom" also stars Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Skyfall) as Nelson€™s wife Winnie. The film opens in limited release in the US on November 19th and in the UK on January 3rd.

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