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Weinsteins Get North American Rights to Nelson Mandela Biopic

February 22, 2013  |  12:15pm
Weinsteins Get North American Rights to Nelson Mandela Biopic

The Hollywood Reporter announced today that The Weinstein Co. has already acquired the North American rights to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, director Justin Chadwick’s upcoming biopic of beloved South African civil rights leader/President Nelson Mandela.

Currently in post-production, the film stars Luther’s Idris Elba as Mandela and Skyfall’s Naomie Harris as his wife, Winnie.

The film was adapted by Les Miserables screenwriter William Nicholson from Mandela’s autobiography and produced by Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh, who acquired the rights to the book shortly after its publication in 1996.

In addition to North America, The Weinstein Co. also won the Australian and New Zealand rights.

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