Clint Eastwood`s "Invictus" Will Open Nationwide on December 11, 2009

Thu Jun 4, 2009 3:53pm EDT

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Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon Star
BURBANK, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that "Invictus," Clint Eastwood`s new
South Africa-set drama, will open nationwide on December 11, 2009. 

Directed by four-time OscarĀ® winner Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby,"
"Unforgiven"), the film stars OscarĀ® winners Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar
Baby," "The Dark Knight") and Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting," the "Bourne"

"Invictus" tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman)
joined forces with the captain of South Africa`s rugby team (Damon) to help
unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains
racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can
bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela
rallies South Africa`s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the
1995 World Cup Championship match. 

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Spyglass
Entertainment, "Invictus" is being produced by Eastwood; Lori McCreary, under
her and Freeman`s Revelations Entertainment banner; Eastwood`s longtime
producing partner Robert Lorenz, for Malpaso Productions; and Mace Neufeld for
Mace Neufeld Productions. The screenplay is by native South African writer
Anthony Peckham, based upon the book Playing the Enemy, by John Carlin. Freeman,
Tim Moore, and Spyglass Entertainment`s Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum are
serving as executive producers. 

Re-teaming with Eastwood, the behind-the-scenes creative team is led by director
of photography Tom Stern, production designer James J. Murakami, editors Joel
Cox and Gary D. Roach, and costume designer Deborah Hopper. 

Filming on "Invictus" was accomplished entirely on location in and around the
cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. 

Warner Bros. Pictures
Risa Chapnick

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