OWN to Premiere MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM in 2017
According to The Hollywood Reporter, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired the network television rights to The Weinstein Company drama, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on the 1996 autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. The network plans to debut the film in 2017.
"We couldn't be more honored to showcase this powerful film to the OWN viewers," said Erik Logan, president, OWN. "Nelson Mandela was Oprah's hero, and ultimately, the inspiration behind Oprah's school in South Africa. His story of forgiveness and redemption is a gift not only to the people he touched, but to the world."
Said Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, "We're delighted that this film has landed a television home at Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. Partnering with them ensures the picture will continue to honor the memory of Nelson Mandela for years to come."
Directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, the film was released in limited release on November 29th.
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, follows Nelson Mandela's life and is based on his autobiography of the same title. Shot in South Africa, it started principal photography at the end of May 2012 in KwaZulu-Natal and went on to shoot for 16 weeks at authentic locations in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Mandela's home province, the Eastern Cape with the shoot ending in mid-September 2012.
Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (LUTHER, THE WIRE, PROMETHEUS, PACIFIC RIM) plays Mandela and Naomie Harris (SKYFALL) his wife, Winnie. MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM also features the finest of South Africa's acting talent among whom are Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto.
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