Magazine article Screen International

Chadwick, Harris Circle Mandela Biopic Long Walk to Freedom

Magazine article Screen International

Chadwick, Harris Circle Mandela Biopic Long Walk to Freedom

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EXCLUSIVE: Anant Singh's long-gestating Nelson Mandela biopic heats up with Justin Chadwick in advanced talks to direct and Skyfall actress Naomie Harris in talks to star as Winnie Mandela opposite Idris Elba.

Director Justin Chadwick and actress Naomie Harris are in talks to reunite on Anant Singh's long-gestating Nelson Mandela biopic Long Walk to Freedom, which has seen an injection of life in recent weeks.

Harris, soon to appear in Bond film Skyfall, is in talks to play Winnie Mandela opposite Idris Elba who is believed to be on board as Nelson Mandela.

Screen understands that crews have been booked and the project is likely to shoot in South Africa in May. The film will have an epic sweep, charting the whole of Mandela's life, including scenes shot on notorious Robben Island where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in captivity.

Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) directed Harris in Singh's 2010 drama The First Grader about a Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter. …

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