Eastwood’s ‘Invictus’ Sets Release Date
Posted by Brian on 06/05/2009
Clint Eastwood’s next film, an adaptation of John Carlin‘s tome “Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation,” is coming to theaters December 11th, 2009, reports Variety. Invictus, which was previous titled The Human Factor, follows Mandela’s attempt to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup to heal his nation following his release from prison, the fall of apartheid and his election as president of South Africa.
Eastwood picked the title from a poem often recited by Mandela. “Invictus” (‘Invincible’ in Latin) was penned by William Ernest Henley, and speaks to the will to survive in the face of adversity. Matt Damon portrays Francois Pienaar, the captain of the South African rugby team while Morgan Freeman portrays Nelson Mandela.
Clint Eastwood only seems to be getting better, and quite efficient at making films. Gran Torino was one of the most interesting surprises last year and I’m eagerly awaiting his next project. The film was adapted by Anthony Peckham and directed by Clint Eastwood.