Ving Rhames joins "Master Harold"

Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:05am EST

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LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Ving Rhames will play the lead role in the big-screen adaptation of Athol Fugard's 1982 play "Master Harold ... and the Boys," a role Danny Glover originated on Broadway.

The movie, shooting on location in South Africa, is being directed by Emmy Winner Lonny Price, who makes his feature debut with the film.

Price played opposite Glover in the Broadway play under Fugard's direction and directed the 2003 revival.

Rhames takes on the role of Sam, a dignified, noble waiter who is a father figure to young Hally (Freddie Highmore).

South African actor Patrick Mofokeng rounds out the cast as Willie, a younger, more lighthearted waiter who is preparing for a ballroom dancing competition.

Nicky Rebelo wrote the screen adaptation of "Master Harold."

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