Matt Damon has signed on to star alongside Morgan Freeman in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film The Human Factor, Variety reports.
Damon will star as South African rugby player Francois Pienaar, captain of the country's team The Springboks. When South Africa was chosen to host the 1985 Rugby World Cup, Pienaar worked with President Nelson Mandela to rally whites and blacks together behind the team in an effort to heal deeper wounds inflicted by decades of apartheid rule.
Screenwriter Anthony Peckham (Don’t Say a Word) based the film on John Carlin’s book The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World. Freeman reportedly received Mandela’s blessing to pursue the project before presenting it to his friend Eastwood. The Warner Bros. drama will begin shooting early next year in South Africa.
Damon just wrapped his latest project with Bourne director Paul Greengrass, an as-yet untitled film based on the book Imperial Life in the Emerald City. He is currently shooting Steven Soderbergh’s latest, The Informant, and has said he will be taking the rest of the year off for a little R&R.
Check out one of Damon’s most challenging dramatic roles to date: an SNL appearance as Justin Timberlake in an angry post-breakup dance-off with Britney Spears.
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