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If he is selected, he'd be the third celebrity to take on the role of Mandela, with Terrence Howard and Morgan Freeman nailing performances of him in the past.
Elba also has close ties to the continent; both of his parents are from Africa. His mother is from Ghana while his father is from Sierra Leone. However, Elba has some stiff competition; Will Smith and Denzel Washington are also being considered for the role.
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Not to fret, if he isn't chosen for the film, he could still end up on the big screen. Clutch reports that "Luther," his current TV gig, could be turned into a movie.
You be the judge. Is Idris Elba right for the role of Nelson Mandela?