Filming to start on Madiba movie

British actor Idris Elba will star as former President Nelson Mandela in the latest Madiba movie.

Former President Nelson Mandela. Picture: EWN

CANNES - The latest movie about former president Nelson Mandela is set to start filming in Cape Town this week.

Based on Madiba's autobiographical book_ Long Walk to Freedom_, it will star British actor Idris Elba as the former statesman.

Producer Anant Singh said this film has been 15-years in the making.

"It has been a daunting task to try and compass a story on Madiba's journey as a child to a 77-year-old."

Singh said, "There are only two international actors, but the rest are local."

Earlier on Monday, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile visited the Cape Town film studios where many of the sets have been created.