Damon a Factor in New Eastwood Drama

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Matt Damon has committed to star in Human Factor, joining Morgan Freeman in the Clint Eastwood-directed film for Warner Bros. Pictures, says Variety.

Shooting will begin early next year in South Africa.

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.

The Anthony Peckham-scripted drama is an adaptation of John Carlin’s book “The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World.”