Idris Elba stars in biopic

Pathe has released the first U.K. trailer for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, six months before its Jan. 3 opening.

The trailer starts with Elba and a group of young children walking up a hill. Elba says in the voiceover, “I have walked a long walk to freedom. It has been a long road, and it’s not over yet.”

The Weinstein Company plans to release the film, directed by Justin Chadwick, in the U.S. on Nov. 29.

Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, has been in critical condition for several weeks.

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