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First Look: Idris Elba As Mandela in “Long Walk To Freedom”

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The first trailer for the highly anticipated biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom  is finally here. Starring Idris Elba, the film follows Mandela from childhood to prison to his inauguration as President of South Africa.

The quick trailer shows Elba’s Mandela walking along a mountain amongst a group of children. Viewers don’t get a close-up of his face, but do get to hear Elba say, via voiceover, “I have walked a long walk to freedom. It has been a long road, and it’s not over yet. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin. People learn to hate. They can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart.”

The film, is based on Mandela’s own autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” and was produced with the help of his wife Winnie and children.

Elba told Essence. com that it was an honor to be selected by the family to play the role. ” I’m very proud of it and having become a part of his life forever,” said Elba. “He’s very much a part of my life, and our lives … And so, it’s a very big and proud moment for me.”

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is slated to hit U.S. theaters in November. In the meantime fans of Elba can see him on the big screen in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim and on the small screen reprising his role in Luther on BBC America this September.

 

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Halle Berry & Her Wig Return For L.A. Riots Drama ‘Kings’

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We may know why Halle Berry had those trendils of terrors at last years Oscars ceremony … she was in character for her new flick Kings.

The trailer just dropped and Berry’s curly locks are pretty identical to the ones she infamously rocked at the 2017 Academy awards. Folks went in on the gorgeous beauty about her hair choice for the evening, but we think once people see the trailer they’ll give her a pass.

Kings tells the story of Millie (Berry), a single mother with eight children, and some of them aren’t even her own. But she takes it upon herself to give them the best home that she can, even if it brings a little craziness into her neighborhood and drives her next door neighbor Obie (Daniel Craig) a little crazy. But there’s turmoil on the horizon after the Rodney King verdict is announced and the riots begin, seemingly putting Millie and her family in danger on the streets.

Similar to last years Detroit the flick, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven tackles racial tensions between citizens and law enforcement. Kings received mixed reviews when it premiered at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, but audiences will get to make up their own minds about the hot-button race-relations drama when it lands in theaters on April 27.

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