Jun 10, 2009
Clint 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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