President Obama will get a special early screening at the White House Thursday of an upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic.
The former South African president’s two daughters, Zindzi and Zenani Mandela, will attend the screening, The Weinstein Co. told The Associated Press. The film’s stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, will also be there, the report says.
Mandela, 95, has approved of the film, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” and his family cooperated in its production. The movie premiered Sunday in Johannesburg, and will arrive to U.S. theaters on Nov. 29.
Obama has previously referred to Mandela as a “personal hero.”
In late June, he and his family visited South Africa, where they met with Mandela’s relatives but not the anti-apartheid leader himself. He had been hospitalized for several weeks due to a lung infection.
Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Malia and Sasha all previously met with Mandela in person in 2005 when Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator. He has a photo of the meeting in the Oval Office, he said.
The Kennedy Center will also present an early screening of the "Mandela" biopic on Nov. 20 at a gala hosted by Hillary Clinton.