*The Weinstein Co. has acquired North American rights to Justin Chadwick’s biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba in the title role and based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name.
The movie, now in post-production, also stars Naomie Harris (“Skyfall”) as Mandela’s wife, Winnie.
TWC also snapped up rights to the film in Australia and New Zealand, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s company announced the deal in tandem with Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh, the film’s producer.
Singh began communicating with Mandela when Mandela was still imprisoned by South African authorities, and acquired rights to the autobiography upon its publication in 1996. William Nicholson (“Les Miserables”) wrote the adapted screenplay.
“Mandela,” shot in South Africa, started principal photography at the end of May 2012 in KwaZulu-Natal and went on to shoot for 16 weeks in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Mandela’s home province, the Eastern Cape.
The film also features South African stars Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto.