Doing the press rounds for "Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance," Idris Elba caught up with HipHollywood (via Flickering Myth) and revealed that later this year, he'll start lensing on another Mandela project. "My big project this year, I'm gonna go play Nelson Mandela in ‘Long Walk To Freedom’, an autobiographical work written by Nelson Mandela himself, which highlights his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison…That's where my head is geared to this summer," he said.
Videovision Entertainment will be producing the picture, though there is no word yet on who will direct. A few years ago, Tom Hooper was linked to the director's chair and even met Mandela to talk about the project, but that incarnation never came to pass. But with Elba coming aboard, this one jumps right to the front of the line (in terms of interest) of the many Mandela projects on the way. Elba is a pretty great choice, an actor who has already shown an incredible range, so we'll be eager to see what he does here and how this project develops.