Here is your first look of an "aged" Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela in the United Kingdom theatrical trailer for Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom. The much-anticipated biopic directed by Justin Chadwick made its world premiere last week at the Toronto Film Festival before opening in the United States on November 29. The film will open in the UK in January 2014.
The British trailer is a sharp contrast to the American version, notes IndieWire's Shadow and Act.
[The UK trailer] is filled with more drama and action, [and] has an immediacy that the American trailer - which seems to emphasize the relationship between Mandela and Winnie as the film's focal point, with its typical Hollywood dominating, swelling soundtrack - doesn't quite project. Plus, unlike the American trailer, in the UK trailer, we get to see what the makeup jobs on an aged Idris and Naomie, as an older Nelson and Winnie, look like.
Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom highlights the iconic South African leader's early life, education and 27 years in prison. The film will "surprise many moviegoers accustomed to the more elderly, white-haired Mandela," notes the Associated Press.
While Elba plays him through old age, with the help of make-up and aging effects, he makes a particular impression as a young firebrand revolutionary. "I certainly just plugged into the energy of Mandela and the way people respect him," said Elba. He added: "There was no messing about with this character and this story." ...
The 95-year-old Mandela has been ailing, so he wasn’t involved in the production or able to meet with Elba. Singh, though, said he showed scenes last year to Mandela on an iPad. When he saw Elba in character, Mandela asked: "Is that me?"
Nelson Mandela was the first Black President of South Africa and served from 1994 to 1999. Mandela was recently hospitalized for almost three months with a recurring lung infection. The infection is believed to date back to the nearly three decades he spent in prison for fighting apartheid and the white minority dominated government.
Watch the new UK trailer and its American counterpart AFTER THE JUMP ...