While promoting his new film, Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, where he stars opposite Nicholas Cage, Idris Elba told Hip Hollywood that he will indeed play Nelson Mandela in the biopic Long Walk to Freedom, based on the book of the same title.
Although it has been a few months since we saw reports that the first time Golden Globe winner would portray Mandela, we’ve not seen him address the role publicly. Elba admits “that’s where my head is geared this summer.”
We figured it wouldn’t be long before a biopic about South Africa’s first President to be elected in a democratic process would hit the screen. In the film, Winnie, which premiered at the TIFF last year, the Madela’s are portrayed by Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard.
Elba’s not the only one making moves in Hollywood, in an exclusive with E! Online’s Marc Malkin, actress Meagan Good admits that she was “fairly in the beginning stages” of working with Whitney Houston on a movie.
Prior to Houston’s death, Good made it plain in a recent interview with Vibe Vixen that she wanted to portray the multi-talented superstar.
Meagan and Whitney were scheduled to meet on February 21, still trying to determine how the film would end, “My feeling is because she has the film Sparkle coming out and she’s brilliant in it and she looks beautiful and healthy, my feeling was that’s how we should end the movie—as a new beginning for her.”
If Good is selected to play Whitney, don’t expect to hear her singing, she believes that “when people see someone’s life story they want to hear that person’s voice because they connect with it, in their spirit and their soul. So you would have to use her voice.”
Understanding that Houston’s death is to recent to consider the development of the film, she remembers Whitney fondly sharing, “For anybody spending time around Whitney, she’s so much fun, she’s got just like a sassy attitude and is very funny and funky. She’s definitely a fun person to be around.”
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You can read more of Good’s interview at E! Online.