There’s only one shot in the teaser trailer for Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, but man is it a good one. The trailer sees Nelson Mandela, the Noble Peace Prize winner and former President of South Africa, trudging along a narrow path in a vast, rust-colored plain. The camera starts to swoop and soar, and soon children flock to Mandela, turning his lonely walk into a joyous one. Throughout all this, Idris Elba (who will be playing Mandela) does a little narration to flex his South African accent.
As all those elements come together, this teaser trailer hits a well of real emotion- especially so with Mandela still in the hospital and said to be in critical condition. Think a kind thought for him and check out the trailer below:
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is based on Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Elba as well as Naomie Harris and South African actors Tony Kgoroge and Riaad Moosa.
The film hits theaters just in time for the awards season rush on November 29th.