Eastwood’s Mandela Film Opens Dec. 11th

Clint Eastwood’s Nelson Mandela film has scored a new name and an official release date according to Variety.

Previously going by the working title “The Human Factor”, the film is now called “Invictus” (Latin for ‘Invincible’) after the famed poem by William Ernest Henley that Mandela often recited.

The story, based on John Carlin’s novel “Playing the Enemy”, follows Mandela (Morgan Freeman) as he attempted to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup to help heal the wounds of his nation as he was released from prison.

Also heavily chronicled will be the end of apartheid and his eventual election as president of South Africa. Matt Damon plays Francois Pienaar, the captain of South Africa’s rugby team.

The studio has lined up the film for a December 11th wide release – meaning it is, no surprise here, directly setting itself up for heavy Oscar consideration.