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Tuesday 25 November 2014

Idris Elba to play Nelson Mandela

Idris Elba has been cast as Nelson Mandela
Idris Elba has been cast as Nelson Mandela

Idris Elba is set to portray Nelson Mandela on the big screen.

The Luther star revealed that he will take on the role of the former South African president in the big-screen adaptation of Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom.

"My big project this year, I'm gonna go play Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom, which is his official book," he told Hip Hollywood.

The British actor, who currently stars in Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, added: "That's where my head is geared to this summer."

There is no word as to who will direct the biopic, although Tom Hooper was previously linked.

Long Walk To Freedom is an autobiographical work written by Nelson himself, highlighting his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison.

Idris - who previously revealed that playing Mandela is one of his dream roles - is the latest star to portray the civil rights icon, following Morgan Freeman in Clint Eastwood's Invictus, David Harewood for Mrs Mandela and Terrence Howard in Winnie.

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