Justin Chadwick’s film, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, has sold to the U.K. (Pathe), France (Pathe), Germany (Senator), Australia (Village Roadshow), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Benelux (Paradiso), Brazil (Vinny Films), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Israel (Shani), Middle East (Gulf Films) and Singapore (Shaw). Deals with several more territories are being negotiated.
The Weinstein Company announced at Cannes that the film will be released in the U.S. at Thanksgiving weekend. The first teaser poster was also released.
The pic shows Mandela’s journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his election as President of South Africa, and explores the unknown side to him – a lover of fast cars and women, the boxing enthusiast and playboy, the skilful lawyer and the gun-toting freedom fighter.