OWN Acquires Network Television Rights To Mandela:Long Walk To Freedom From The Weinstein Company

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network officially announced yesterday that it has secured the network television rights to Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom, the critically acclaimed film from the Weinstein Company, and it’s based on the 1995 book Long Walk to Freedom and former South African President Nelson Mandela, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.

The film is based on Mandela’s early life, coming of age, education and the 27 years spent in prison before becoming President, and working to reunite the country’s once segregated society.

Idris Elba stars as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris stars as Winnie Mandela, with Justin Chadwick directing.

Erik Logan, President, OWN was stated:”We couldn’t be more honored to showcase this powerful film to the OWN viewers, Nelson Mandela was Oprah’s hero, and ultimately, the inspiration behind Oprah’s school in South Africa. His story of forgiveness and redemption is a gift not only to the people he touched, but to the world.”

The TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein expressed his views by stating, “We’re delighted that this film has landed a television home at Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. Partnering with them ensures the picture will continue to honor the memory of Nelson Mandela for years to come.”

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