Matt Damon has committed to star in "Human Factor," joining Morgan Freeman in the Clint Eastwood-directed film for Warner Bros.
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."
Capone: How much of your time these days do you spend lobbying for roles? Was this a part that you had to convince people to let you play, or did they come to you?
Scott: I got pretty lucky. I asked him for the meeting, and I heard that Matt Damon was attached, and I was like, "Oh fuck!" So I was lucky that he fell off the film.