Nelson Mandela biopic to have world premiere at Toronto By NEIL SMITH | Wednesday, July 24   2013 at  07:58

Luther's Idris Elba plays Mandela in the biopic. PHOTO | FILE. 

The film version of Nelson Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom is to have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Luther's Idris Elba plays Mandela in the biopic, one of a host of titles confirmed by organisers on Tuesday.

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs from 5 to 15 September.

Toronto is now regarded as a crucial launchpad for films hoping to impress voters and juries during the annual film awards season.

Silver Linings Playbook won its top prize last year, the first of many David O'Russell's romantic comedy amassed in the run-up to February's Oscar ceremony.

Some are already tipping Elba for accolades for his work in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which tells of the anti-apartheid campaigner's rural upbringing and how he coped with being in prison for 27 years.

Naomie Harris plays Winnie Mandela in Justin Chadwick's film, which is scheduled to have its UK release next January.

-BBC.