Idris Elba joins thriller "Alive Alone"

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba (Prometheus) stars as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris (Skyfall) stars as Winnie Mandela, with Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) directing.
February 10th, 2014

Idris Elba has been cast in 'Alive Alone'.

The 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' actor will star as male lead Jamal alongside newcomer Sam Worthington in the thriller which is set to begin shooting in March, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Elba's arrival to the cast comes in the wake of Matthias Schoenaerts exit from the cast, after it was announced in Cannes he would star in the Thunder Road produced drama with Noomi Rapace - who will also executive produce the forthcoming film.

'Alive Alone' will mark the directing debut for Khurram Longi, who will helm his own script which featured in TV crime drama's 'The Black List' and the The UK's 'Brit List'.

Set in New York, Elba stars as an detainee of Guantanamo Bay working as a taxi driver while Noomi takes on the role of a prostitute on the run from a feared crime boss played by Worthington.

Meanwhile, Idris is eyeing a cameo in 'Girls' after he made an appeal to the show's creator and star Lena Dunham last month to write him a part on the popular programme.

He wrote on Twitter: ''He tweeted:''@lenadunham Very funny woman. Can I come do a scene on your show? (sic)''

Although Lena is yet to agree to give the British actor a part on her show, she claimed it would be an ''honour'' to have him guest star.