17 October 2013
The band have written a new song, 'Ordinary Love', for the upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
, which stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. Catch a clip of the new song in this movie trailer, just released.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
, in theatres from November 29th, is
based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography. It
chronicles his early life, education and 27 years in prison before
becoming President and working to rebuild the country's once segregated
The band's friendship with Nelson Mandela goes way back and it was after seeing early cuts of the film that they were inspired to
write a song.
'We are delighted to have U2 write an original song for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
said producer Anant Singh, widely acknowledged as South Africa's
preeminent film producer. 'This is really fitting as U2 has always been a
staunch supporter of Madiba. As a board member of Madiba's 46664 anti
AIDS initiative together with U2, I was fortunate to be with them when
we visited Robben Island together, accompanied by Madiba.'
has produced some of the most notable films made in South Africa, was
personally awarded the film rights to Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson
Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chair of producers TWC, added, 'Over the years U2 and I have had a superb relationship including partnering on the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winning song 'The Hands That Built America' for Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York. When I asked them to consider writing a song for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
, it was the fastest 'yes' I have ever received. The band saw various cuts of the film over the summer and worked diligently to write a song that truly reflects Nelson Mandela. I think they did a brilliant job honoring the man and the leader they have known for over 20 years.'
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