Matt Damon Cast in Clint Eastwood Rugby film 'Human Factor'

by Joey Paur

Thats right folks Clint Eastwood is getting ready to direct his next movie 'Human Factor' for Warner Brothers. Matt Damon has committed to star in in the movie along with Morgan Freeman. Clint Eastwood is an Amazing filmmaker, and I always look forward to seeing any film that he makes, because I know it will be amazing. He really knows how to get the best performance out of his actors. It will be great to see what he does with Matt Damon, because he is already an incredible actor. The film premise seems really interesting. Variety Reports:

Damon will play rugby star Francois Pienaar, who created, with Nelson Mandela, an event that gave whites and blacks in South Africa a common cause to rally around as the country was trying to heal from the wounds of apartheid.

Mandela, freed from 27 years in prison and elected president, decided to get behind South Africa's Springboks team when the country was selected as host country for the 1985 Rugby World Cup. The Springboks had been banned from international competition because of the country's apartheid practices.

The majority of blacks viewed the team as a symbol of exclusion, but they rooted along with white countrymen as the Springboks won in overtime against New Zealand to capture the Cup. Pienaar was the Springboks captain who developed a relationship with Mandela during the team's run.

Freeman and Revelations partner Lori McCreary will produce with Rob Lorenz and Mace Neufeld. Freeman got Mandela's blessing and brought the project to his pal Eastwood and also to WB, where both Revelations and Eastwood's Malpaso have their overall deals.

The movie is based on the book by John Carlin called 'The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World'. The script was written by Anthony Peckham.

I love this idea and subject matter. Rugby is one of the most brutal and fun sports to watch, the sport has always fascinated me. I love stories like this and I know the 'Human Factor' is going to be a top notch production.

-Dr. Venkman


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