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Jun 10, 2009

Name and release date for Clint Eastwood's Nelson Mandela pic

InvictusClint Eastwood’s upcoming Nelson Mandela pic now has a name and a (U.S.) release date. The freshly titled Invictus (previous known as The Human Factor), is set to arrive in the U.S. in December and stars Morgan Freeman as Mandela (pictured left) and Matt Damon as rugby star Francois Pienaar, who together use the 1995 Rugby World Cup to try and unite white and black South Africans. The film was adapted by Anthony Peckham (screenwriter of Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Sherlock Homes) from John Carlin’s novel Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, and takes its title from a short poem by William Ernest Henley, apparently one of Mandela’s favourites. If Invictus is released on time – a likelihood given the release has been timed to coincide with U.S. awards season – the film will mark Eastwood’s ninth feature as a director in as many years, making him one of the most prolific high profile filmmakers working today and, at 79, certainly one of the oldest.

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6 thoughts on “Name and release date for Clint Eastwood’s Nelson Mandela pic

  1. Heathdon McGregor

    I didn’t know the book, so I even loved midnight in the garden of good and evil. Gran Turino was magnificent. I like the fact that he is trying to speak in different voices than the film school geeks that exist elsewhere, good straight old fashioned storytelling. As much as I admire the technical skill of the Kelly’s, Rodrigues'(sorry about the grammar/spelling) and Andersons of this world I would love them to stop showing off and just tell the story as Eastwood does.

  2. The Round Up « Cinestuff

    […] those who aren’t looking for a film based on action figures – a name and release date for Clint Eastwood’s Nelson Mandela biopic, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The film is titled Invictus and is adapted from the novel […]

  3. Sabstance

    I guess we in South Africa will get to see it around February if it releases in December in the U.S. Does any one know if Anant Singh of Videovision is involved in this one. I think Eastwood tells the stories I want to hear and see. This should be interesting to watch.
    From S.A. (Durban)

  4. SP

    Holly smokes he’s a movie-makin machine! He makes the geriatric population of the word look seriously lazy. Looking forward to what will no doubt be a stunning performance from Freeman.

  5. The Man With Three Names

    If you’re still delving into his back catalogue, you’ve got some absolute gems awaiting you. I thought MR was overrated but MDB was great. Still not sure I’d put it in his top 5 though. If you interested, here’s a great primer on his career: http://www.avclub.com/articles/clint-eastwood,28834/ Forced me to reconsider my opinion on Bridges of Madison County (but not change it altogether).

    Anyway, I’m really looking forward to this film.

  6. Erudition Wookie

    Over the last few years I have become abig Eastwood fan. Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River were amazing. The mans work ethic is alone enough to impress. Surely senility has to creep in some time. But thankfully no sign of it yet

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