Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The Weinstein Company has released the first poster of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The biopic stars Idris Elba and chronicles Mandela’s journey including his early life, education and 27 year imprisonment on Robben Island. The poster made its debut today at the Cannes Film Festival.

mandela-long-walk.jpg23.jpg34According to, the poster and un-released trailer received positive feedback:

“Perhaps the most compelling trailer was the two-and-a-half minutes put together from Justin Chadwick’s upcoming Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom. “This is not your dad’s HBO Mandela film,” quipped Harvey after the trailer ran. I honestly have no idea what that means, but the film, starring Idris Elba as the South African leader, did look to be a very well executed period piece and plenty exciting. The movie is dated for November 29 and will surely be in the awards picture if it lives up to the potential seen today.”

Joining Elba in the film is former Bond girl, Naomi Harris as Winnie Mandela.  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is written by William Nicholson, who also wrote Gladiator, Shadowlands  and Les Miserables.

RC will keep you posted about the trailer when it hits the web.