We’ll watch Idris Elba in pretty much anything; we even tolerated his weird Texan accent in the absolutely awful Prometheus. But the actor himself is not the primary reason millions will buy tickets to see the new Weinstein Company film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
A New York Times story published this weekend calls the civil rights icon’s death a coincidental “assist” for the biopic, which will undoubtedly attract even more interest from holiday filmgoers in the immediate wake of his passing. As reporter Brooks Barnes put it, “This time the PR came to [Harvey Weinstein].”
In fact, Barnes even went so far as to speculate on whether the producer’s initial interest in the script stemmed, at least in part, from Mandela’s failing health.