Idris Elba, who stars as Nelson Mandela in the dramatic film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," is attending a special White House screening of the movie on Nov. 7, 2013. Barack Obama will be in attendance, as well as Naomie Harris (who plays Winnie Mandela in the movie) and Nelson Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela. The Weinstein Company, which is distributing "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" made the announcement via press release on Nov. 4, 2013.
"Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom" has a limited U.S. theatrical release (in New York City and Los Angeles) on Nov. 29, 2013.
According to the press release: "Obama paid a tribute visit to Robben Island jail in June, the facility where Mandela was imprisoned for nearly two decades. The film premiered to much acclaim this past Sunday [Nob. 3, 2013] at a gala event in Johannesburg, which was attended by Mandela’s former wife Winnie Mandela."
Zindzi Mandela commented, "Idris Elba brings my father's essence to life with an exceptional performance as Nelson Mandela. I loved the film, especially how it portrays my father's life and his global impact from the values of a small village boy through to an international leader."
Winnie Mandela added, "The film is amazing and Naomie Harris' performance is beautiful."
The Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein stated, “Knowing what a strong relationship President Obama has with President Mandela, it’s an honor for this film to be shown at the White House.”
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (directed by Justin Chadwick) is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles 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 film had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and will also premiere at the 2013 AFI Festival on Nov. 10.
Elba's other movies released in 2013 are the blockbusters "Pacific Rim" and "Thor: The Dark World," which will both have sequels.