First Poster for ‘Mandela’ Showcases Idris Elba Front and Center!

mandela-poster_bannerThe Weinstein Company looks to have another impressive slate of films hitting the stateside this upcoming awards season.  Naturally, AMPAS voters, as well as Oscar prognosticators, will be looking to them for strong acting contenders.  For the past several years, the Weinstein Company has produced at least one acting winner every year dating back to 2008.  Just this last year, they managed to get “it” girl Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar for David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook (2012) along with Christoph Waltz nabbing his second Oscar for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012).

This year, names like Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts will be fighting it out for recognition.  One film that has many reluctant to place high on predictions lists is Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.  Unsure of the hesitation given its pure Oscar-bait aura, perhaps its Morgan Freeman’s recent nomination for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus (2009) or maybe its the only other films in director Chadwick’s resume include The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and The First Grader (2010), two decent but very forgettable pictures.  Needless to say, we will still anticipate the upcoming film with a certain amount of reservation and hope that Elba’s portrayal can at the very least, propel him to the super-stardom he clearly deserves.

The first poster is below.  Take a look and you decide for yourself if it radiates Mandela in the manner in which  you were expecting.