Another Mandela Movie, Another Western Actor To Take On The Role


Word on cyber-ville is that British actor Idris Elba will play the role of former South African president Nelson Mandela in an upcoming biopic. 


No doubt that Idris' star power in Hollywood has risen with this portrayal of characters in big budget films like "Thor" and "Takers". Though the latter was a bit of a disappointment for me, I enjoyed his performance in "Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls"

Who is Idris Elba exactly; 

Wiki:
Elba, an only child, was born Idrissa Akuna Elba, and shortened his first name at school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting.His father is Sierra Leonean and his mother is Ghanaian 
Elba grew up in East Ham. He began helping an uncle with his wedding-DJ business in 1986, and within a year he had started his own DJ company with some friends 
Elba left school in 1988 and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre—thanks to a £1,500 Prince’s Trust grant – but then ended up having to do everything from tire-fitting to cold-call advertising sales to pay the rent between roles in Crimewatch murder reconstructions 
Elba was working in nightclubs under the DJ nickname Big Dris in 1991, but began auditioning for television parts in his early twenties. 
After a stint in the National Youth Music Theatre, Elba worked the night shift at a Ford factory in Dagenham, London in 1989 and '90. He started his acting career while in high school with encouragement from his drama teacher.
The biopic is yet to be named which leaves me wondering what could they possibly have to tell about Madiba this time. 

The pressing question on film enthusiasts though will be; Can Mr Elba measure up to the performances of prolific actors who have portrayed this iconic figure over years? 

Morgan Freeman, Sydney Poitier, Terrence Howard, and Dennis Haysbert have taken on the role of playing Mandela with Morgan getting an Oscar nom for his work in Invictus.

Brotha's got the swag ... no doubt but can he pull it off?

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