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Possible new project with Clint Eastwood

  • Variety reports today that Matt is in 'preliminary talks' to appear in a film directed by Clint Eastwood about South Africa and the 1995 rugby union World Cup. Matt would be playing Francois Pienaar, the captain of the South African team, with Morgan Freeman signed to star as Nelson Mandela. Matt and Lucy are pictured with Mandela at a 2004 event in New York.

    A movie about how the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped heal post-apartheid race relations in South Africa is fast becoming a major film event.

    Morgan Freeman had already signed on to play Nelson Mandela in "The Human Factor," an adaptation of the John Carlin book "The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World." Now, Warner Bros. is in talks to finance the picture, with Clint Eastwood eyeing it as a directing vehicle, and Matt Damon in preliminary talks to play the captain of the Springboks.

    Story is set right after the fall of apartheid, and after Mandela was released from a long imprisonment and became South African president. Mandela recognized the significance when South Africa was selected host of the 1995 Rugby World Cup after the team had been barred from even competing since the 1980s because of apartheid.

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  • The H20 Africa Foundation site has been updated with information on projects, initiatives and new partners.

  • Details on The Bourne Ultimatum's latest weekend international tallies is here. The film has now earned over $365 million internationally, and domestically has surpassed Saving Private Ryan as Matt's best box-office performance in the US.

  • Details of the special four disc collection to celebrate The Bourne Ultimatum on DVD is here.
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