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Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman in Invictus

October 23, 2009 11:37 IST

Fans of Matt Damon, rejoice.

The actor will be seen in a Warner Bros movie Invictus, which has been directed by four-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood.

Invictus, which is based on based a book Playing the Enemy by native South African writer Anthony Peckham, tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt 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.

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, all of whom most recently worked with Eastwood on Gran Torino.

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

Invictus will hit theatres on December 11.