U2 hope to finish making their next album by the end of this year, but the band has a new song, “Ordinary Love,” to tide fans over in the new trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a biopic about former South African leader Nelson Mandela starring Idris Elba.
The Irish rockers wrote “Ordinary Love” specifically for the movie. Based on the snippets in the trailer, the track builds from a stark beginning featuring keyboards and Bono’s vocals to a stadium-sized tune with a chorus of voices backing Bono.
U2 bassist Adam Clayton said recently that the group plans to include a dozen songs on its first new album since 2009’s No Line on the Horizon. “I think it’s a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years. It’s a combination of those two things and it’s a really interesting hybrid,” Clayton said. “We’re in the studio. We’re trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas.”
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is based on the anti-apartheid activist and retired South African president’s 1994 autobiography, also called Long Walk to Freedom. The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and is due in theaters on November 29th.