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Idris Elba To Play Nelson Mandela in Biopic?

British actor ready to ink deal...

By Richard Gilzene on Tuesday 6th December 2011 Photo by WENN.com

The Wire star Idris Elba is reportedly first choice to play Nelson Mandela in an official biopic of the former South African president.

Film blog Flickering Myth claims "reliable sources" have revealed the actor is ready to sign on to the as-yet-untitled project, which is due to start filming in 2012.

A string of actors have been marked as possible contenders for the role over the years, including Will Smith and Denzel Washington, but Elba's rising star in Hollywood appears to have seen him jump to the front of the queue.

In a recent interview with TaleTela, Elba, who is currently filming Alien prequel Prometheus, claimed the demand for British actors in the U.S. film industry has never been higher.

What do you think of the news? Is 'Dris a good fit for the role or should it go to an older actor like Morgan Freeman?

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