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Idris Elba Goes To S. Africa To Shoot 'Mandela,' Directs Music Video As Well (Behind The Scenes)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 22, 2012 11:20 AM
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He's doing a good job of keeping his Nelson Mandela project under-wraps, even as production has been underway for a bit. Little info has surfaced about it, so we've had really nothing of substance to report. 

I'm one of those who has had trouble picturing Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela (young and/or old), so I'm looking forward to seeing the first footage from the film to see how well he's able to convince me.

Naomie Harris is playing Winnie Mandela by the way, in a film the filmmakers are calling the "the largest South African production ever mounted!"

Justin Chadwick is directing from a script based on Long Walk to Freedom - the autobiographical work written by Nelson Mandela himself, which highlights his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison.

The project will reportedly have an "epic sweep," from a script written by GladiatorShadowlands and Les Miserables writer William Nicholson.

By the way, director Chadwick and Harris have worked before in the 2010 drama The First Grader about a Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter.

But while we wait to get some footage of Idris as Nelson, and Naomie as Winnie, here's a behind-the-scenes look at a music video Idris Elba directed while in South Africa, shooting his Mandela film.

It's actually for his own music - a track titled Robot. I don't think this marks Idris' directorial debut, but directing isn't something he's done much of; although he's said previously that he definitely plans to eventually direct feature films:

BTS IDRIS ELBA MTV BASE AFRICA THE MAKING OF "ROBOT from Idris Elba Presents 7Wallace on Vimeo.

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  • ALM | October 22, 2012 8:26 PMReply

    1. Since Idris is starring, this will probably be the only time in my life that I will lust after Mandela.

    2. Who knew there was a MTV Africa? They need to offer the channel on my cable box without me having to pay $500 a month for cable.

    3. Idris has been watching American music videos based on his choice of the leading lady in his music video.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | October 22, 2012 3:01 PMReply

    Okay, I love Idris but he is like 6'3 and he already looks nothing like Mandela. Im like scratchin my damn head!!! But best of luck to him.JMO

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