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TV Luther's dream role as Mandela; MOVIES.

Byline: SIMON BOYLE

LUTHER star Idris Elba will play Nelson Mandela in a movie about his life.

Idris, 39, who played the title role in the BBC crime drama, will film an adaptation of Mandela's autobiography this summer.

He said: "My big project this year is Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom, which is his official book."

Elba previously revealed that playing Mandela, 93, would be a dream role.

He is the latest star to portray the statesman following Morgan Freeman in Invictus, David Harewood in Mrs Mandela and Terrence Howard in Winnie.

The King's Speech director Tom Hooper has been linked to a role behind the camera on the new biopic.

Ex-South African president Mandela chronicled his early life, education and 27 years in prison in his memoir.

Elba's latest film, Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, with Nicolas Cage, is currently in cinemas.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 25, 2012
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