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LEADING MAN: Idris Elba Set To Play Nelson Mandela In New Biopic

British leading man Idris Elba has signed on to play revered human rights activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela in an upcoming biopic titled “Long Walk To Freedom.”  The actor, who recently won his first Golden Globe for his starring role on the BBC series Luther, told HipHollywood that the film will be based on Mandela’s autobiography of the same name. Watch as he confirms the news below and talks about his new movie Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance:

The film begins shooting this summer and will chronicle Mandela’s life and 27 years in prison.

2012 is shaping up to be a big year of Idris, who will also appear this June alongside Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

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