Well the rumor isn’t a rumor anymore, Idris Elba will play Nelson Mandela. Today it was confirmed that it is official…Idris has signed on to play iconic civil rights leader Nelson Mandela in the biopic Long Walk to Freedom.He states that the film will highlights Mandela’s early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison.

Idris revealed in a recent interview with HipHollywood.com:

“My big project this year, I’m gonna go play Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom, which is his official book. That’s where my head is geared to this summer.”

Long Walk to Freedom is autobiographical work written by Nelson Mandela himself, which highlights his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison