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Clint Eastwood to direct movie on Nelson Mandela

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Washington (ANI): Clint Eastwood is in talks to helm the Nelson Mandela flick matt damon - a movie about how the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped heal post-apartheid race relations in South Africa. Morgan Freeman has already signed up to star as Mandela in the big screen adaptation of the John Carlin book "The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World."

Matt Damon is also in preliminary talks to play the captain of the Springboks, reports Variety. The pic is set in the times right after the fall of apartheid, and after Mandela was released from a long imprisonment and became South African president. Mandela recognized the significance when South Africa was selected host of the 1995 Rugby World Cup after the team had been barred from even competing since the 1980s because of apartheid.

The movie is being produced by Freeman and Revelations partner Lori McCreary with Mace Neufeld. Warner Bros. is in talks to finance the picture South African scribe Anthony Peckham ("Don't Say A Word") wrote the script.

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