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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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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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