Man, oh man, we're calling it now: Justin Chadwick's Nelson Mandela biopic, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," is just going to own us all.
The first teaser trailer for The Weinstein Company's latest gut-wrencher is in, and as simple and obscure as it is — Idris Elba as the aging South African civil rights hero is shown walking along an open meadow pathway before a group of children start prancing around him — it's also effective at bringing on all the feels.
Mandela, the first democratically elected president of the post-apartheid nation who went onto win the Nobel Peace Prize after being imprisoned for 27 years, is well-known and frequently referenced for his many words of wisdom and bravery ... and this teaser nicely efforts to honor that.
The narrator declares, "I have walked a long walk to freedom. It has been a lonely road, and it is not over yet. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin. People learn to hate. They can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart."
Annnnnd now we're inspired and humbled and desperately seeking the Kleenex because of all the sobs. Seriously. Even the poster gives us the chills.
"Mandela" hits theaters in the U.S. on Nov. 29 (and in the U.K. on Jan. 3, 2014) and is said to be no ordinary biopic, ambitiously covering the span of Mandela's earliest days growing up in a rural village all the way on up to his turn as the inspirational leader of South Africa.
Appearing alongside Elba in the surefire awards season fodder film are Naomie Harris, who portrays his former wife Winnie, along with Robert Hobbs, Mark Elderkin, Grant Swanby and Theo Landey. The adaptive script, based on Mandela's autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom," was penned by William Nicholson of "Gladiator" and "Shadowlands" acclaim.