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Idris Elba to play Mandela

EPIC: Idris Elba set to play Nelson Mandela in biopic

IDRIS ELBA has revealed that he will play iconic freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, in a new biopic.

The Hackney-born actor said the movie, Long Walk To Freedom, based on Mandela's autobiography of the same name, will chronicle Mandela's early life, coming of age, education and the 27 years he spent in prison.

"My big project this year is playing Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom," Elba told Hip Hollywood.

"This is where my head is geared for the summer," he added.

The 39-year-old picked up his first Golden Globe award earlier this year for his leading role in hit BBC 1 drama series, Luther, currently airing on BBC America.

Elba, who migrated to the US in 2000, has carved himself a rising career with roles in the acclaimed The Wire and superhero movie, Thor.

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