Watch: Idris Elba Captivates In New Trailer for ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’

Seventeen years in the making, the forthcoming Nelson Mandela biopic is finally making it’s way to theaters Dec. 25, and it’s got some big players. Directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) from a screenplay by William Nicholson (Les Miserables), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom stars Best Actor contender Idris Elba (otherwise known as Stringer Bell from The Wire) as Nelson Mandela and Skyfall’s Naomie Harris as his wife Winnie.

The new trailer for the film paints a haunting picture of the former South African president’s life, opening with Elba’s booming voice roaring to the crowd: “If they want a war, we will give them a war!” Over the course of the next 30 seconds, scenes of violent protests and destruction ensue. And Elba is utterly captivating from start to finish.

It’s gotten us excited about the film’s big premiere on Christmas Day. Check it out in theaters near you!