First Look: Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela in Invictus
by Alex Billington
June 7, 2009
Ask and you shall receive. When I wrote about the new title and release date for Clint Eastwood's Invictus earlier in the week, I mentioned that "we haven't seen what Morgan Freeman looks like as Mandela yet." That all changes today, as a few new photos have popped up online (via Rope of Silicon) of Freeman on set. The reader says he got a bit role as a World Cup Official and "ended up on the podium next to 'Mandela'", where he was able to snap some cell phone photos, including a shot of Matt Damon as rugby player Francois Pienaar. It's really not the best photo, but it still is our very first look at Freeman as Nelson Mandela.
I should also mention that Awards Daily posted a hand-drawn poster for Invictus when it was known as The Human Factor. It's a very unimpressive poster, which is why I'm not featuring it, and it's probably a very old draft that will never see the light of day again. 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. As we reported last week, the title Invictus refers to a poem by William Earnest Henley that was often recited by Mandela. Warner Brothers is bringing the film to theaters in December.