Clint Eastwood's New Film Titled Invictus, Out in December
Even though he had two separate films out last year, Clint Eastwood is still workin' hard, directing more movies, and he's got another one due out this December. The new project is his Nelson Mandela film starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. In Contention's Kristopher Tapley was the first to report that the film had officially been titled Invictus, meaning Invincible in Latin. The film 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. And that title refers to a poem often recited by Mandela.
Invictus is a short poem by William Earnest Henley from 1875 and, as Tapley says, "was a great source of inspiration for the freedom fighter" because it speaks to the will to survive in the face of adversity. You can find the full poem at the bottom of the article on In Contention. Warner Brothers has set a December 11th release for Invictus in hopes of repeating the same success they had with Eastwood's Gran Torino, which made an incredible $148 million at the box office. The film play against Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, which also opens the same day in December. Both are expected to be big last-minute awards contenders.
Invictus was previously known as The Human Factor and is an adaptation of John Carlin's book titled "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation". We actually ran a few photos of Damon shooting some rugby scenes in South Africa back in March, but we haven't seen what Morgan Freeman looks like as Mandela yet. This is definitely a project we'll be keeping a close eye on and will let you know when we have more from. For now, Warner Brothers is planning a wide release for Invictus, but that could obviously change. Until we have more, head over to In Contention for the full story on the new title.