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

Based on marketing, can we anticipate a strong turn from Idris Elba?

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.


What do you think?

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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