Idris Elba’s hotly anticipated portrayal of Mandela in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ is due to hit cinemas in January 2014.
The Luther star said playing the former South African president and freedom fighter was ‘definitely the biggest challenge’ of his life.
‘To call the prospect of playing Nelson Mandela intimidating would be to put it lightly. I look and sound nothing like the man, but hopefully I’ve pulled it off. It’s a massive honour to play this saint amongst men,’ he said.
Elba added Mandela had seen the film and was ‘really happy’ with it.
He told The Guardian the film was ‘hands down the best’ movie about Mandela’s life.
‘Anyone wanting to understand who Mandela was should go and watch my film. Morgan Freeman is outstanding. Terrence Howard is an outstanding actor. But my film is about his life.’