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U2 Debuts New Song in Trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

October 21, 2013  |  10:05am

U2 fans patiently awaiting the follow-up to 2009’s No Line on the Horizon may finally have their first glimpse at the band’s next studio album thanks to a new trailer for the Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Snippets of the new U2 track “Ordinary Love” appear in the trailer for the Mandela biopic, which features Idris Elba as the influential anti-apartheid president of South Africa. The track was finished and released specifically for the movie, and bassist Adam Clayton reassures that an additional album’s worth of tracks are in the works.

“We’re in the studio,” Clayton recently told Rolling Stone. “We’re trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas.” If Clayton’s schedule goes as planned, a new U2 album will most definitely be around the corner some time in 2014. The bassist also mentioned that the Irish rockers want to switch things up sonically this time around.

“I think it’s a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years,” Clayton added. “It’s a combination of those two things and it’s a really interesting hybrid.”

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom hits theaters Nov. 29 and explores the topics addressed in Mandela’s 1994 autobiography, which won South Africa’s Alan Paton Award for excellence in non-fiction. The film adaptation made its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last month. You can check out the trailer above.

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