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1st UK Trailer for ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’

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For those who can’t get enough of Idris Elba – me for one, particularly hooked to the current season of Luther – today we have the first-look trailer and posters for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

The film, headed up by an ensemble British cast, with Elba starring as Nelson Mandela and Naomi Harris as Winnie, spans the extraordinary life of the South African President chronicling his childhood in a rural village, his coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming the first democratically elected South African President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.

The biopic is directed by Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) working on a script by William Nicholson, responsible for scribing the likes of Les Miserables and Gladiator. Anant Singh (Material, Prey) is producing and began talks with Mandela about basing a film on his life whilst he was still in prison and went on to purchase the film rights to the autobiography when it was published back in 1996.

Mandela himself certainly seems more than confident that the rights went to right person having commented:

“Anant Singh is a producer I respect very much. Given the resources and backing, he will produce a work of the highest standards and excellence, and it is for that reason, I opted for him.”

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is slated for a UK release on the 3rd of January, 2014 and also stars Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs, Grant Swanby, Mark Elderkin, Garth Breytenbach and Theo Landey. We’ll leave you with the trailer and two first-look images of Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.

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You can follow the film on Facebook for all incoming news regarding the release.

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MGM & Sony Confirm Mendes’ Attachment to Direct Bond 24

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After much debating and deliberation as to who would direct Bond 24 MGM and Sony have finally announced the highly anticipated news that Sam Mendes will get behind the camera again to direct Daniel Craig.

The film’s producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson had taken to considering numerous directors over the past few months in the light of Mendes’ theatre commitments. After weighing up all the pros and cons, they chose to play a waiting game until Mendes had a gap in his schedule so as to keep him in the Bond loop, at least for Bond’s 24th outing (despite rumours of him possibly going on to direct two more sequels). Also reprising their role from the most recent Bond sequel Skyfall, is screenwriter John Logan.

The above news was confirmed in a press release which also confirmed that Bond 24 will be released in the US on the 6th of November, 2015 and in the UK a couple of weeks earlier on the 23rd of October.

The film’s confirmed director had the following to say:

 “I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time.”

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Vin Diesel Teases Possible Marvel Avengers Roles

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Just like many actors nowadays, Vin Diesel also likes to resort to the old Facebook and Twitter to post news bulletins to his fans. Whilst some of these reports are solid details relating to upcoming films such as the Fast and Furious and Riddick sequels others are just plain arcane.

An example of the latter is a recent post the actor made confirming how well a recent meeting with Marvel Studios went:

“Marvel meeting today… Only the people in the room can tell you what was discussed… P.S. Thanks to Our page, for pushing to make it happen… you know I get tunnel vision with my work… and after that meeting today… wow!”

Vin DieselReading more than just between the lines, some consider that his use of the word ‘vision’ is a direct reference to a character of the same name for The Avengers 2. Despite this belief, Diesel posted this message along with an image which would suggest quite the opposite, with a clear implication that he could be being considered for another Avengers role, that of Giant Man. Having said that, the photo could just have been taken at a random location at the Marvel offices.

Despite all the above, these are all just conjectures that spring to mind from Diesel’s teasing posts and we can’t even imagine how many actors Marvel have been meeting with recently.

We’ll keep you updated as soon as any more solid information is forthcoming.

We’ll leave you with a fan-made trailer showing us the closest Vin Diesel has been so far to working with Marvel. It’s a brilliant little faux trailer for a Thundercats movie:


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