Nelson Mandela is coming to the Executive Mansion this Thursday. Not the former South African president himself but the Weinstein Company’s Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. President Obama is set to host a screening of the epic on November 7 with Harvey Weinstein and the film’s director and cast. “Knowing what a strong relationship President Obama has with President Mandela, it’s an honor for this film to be shown at the White House,” said Weinstein in a statement Monday. The screening comes a day before First Lady Michelle Obama is holding an event on November 8th with as yet unnamed industry experts for high school students wanting to learn more about the film biz. Sources say it’s likely that Weinstein, director Justin Chadwick and Mandela stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris could drop by for the First Lady’s event. All will be attending the screening the night before. Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenami will also be in attendance at the White House screening on the 7th. Heavily considered an Oscar contender, the Mandela film joins DreamWorks’ Lincoln and Legendary/WB’s 42 as having screened at the White House in the past year. Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom debuts on November 29 in LA and NYC.
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