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Clint Eastwood's Invictus to open in December

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino

Story by Jack Foley

Clint Eastwood looks set to feature in next year’s Oscars race now that a December 11 release date for his new film Invictus has been confirmed for the US.

The film, which was originally called The Human Factor, follows Nelson Mandela’s historic attempt to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup to heal South Africa following his release from prison, the fall of Apartheid and his election as president.

Long-time collaborator Morgan Freeman is playing Mandela, while Matt Damon is the captain of the South African rugby team.

The story has been adapted from John Carlin’s novel, Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation.

Variety reports that Eastwood decided on the name change to reflect one of Mandela’s often-recited poems. Penned by William Ernest Henley, Invictus describes the will to survive in the face of adversity.

The film will come out in America in direct competition with Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones and is already being viewed as a serious awards contender.

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