Director Justin Chadwick’s new biopic MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM has released its first full trailer. The film promises to provide a truthful portrayal of revolutionary that doesn’t hide his less flattering aspects. Speaking at the Toronto film festival this past weekend LUTHOR actor Idris Elba, who plays Mandela in the film stated:

I didn’t want to deface Mr Mandela in any way. But I didn’t want to portray him in a way that wasn’t honest.”

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There have been a host of other films that portray the anti-apartheid campaigner and other actors to have taken on the role include; Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, David Harewood and Sidney Poitier. Nelson Mandela, now ninety five years of age, was released from hospital last week after three months of treatment for a pre-existing lung infection. While no one can doubt the figures historical importance, do we really need yet another biopic?

Was this production another vulture circling too early? Had anyone expected the man to still be alive at this point? Or was this project simply hoping to capitalize on the media blitz surrounding the figures presumably imminent death?

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is due for release on January 3rd 2014.