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First Pictures of Morgan Freeman Playing Nelson Mandela in Upcoming Movie

(Getty Images | Inset from Daily Mail)

The first pictures of Morgan Freeman playing the part of Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film Invictus have hit the Internet, and if the movie is any good, it appears to be an iconic role for the acclaimed actor.

Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon as Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar. (Daily Mail)
Invictus tells the story of how Nelson Mandela brought South African whites and black together behind its rugby team in 1995, just a year after he was elected president following the collapse of apartheid. While Freeman will play Mandela, Matt Damon will play South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar.

In 2007, when it was first announced that Freeman would play Mandela, he issued a statement: "I have known Nelson Mandela personally for quite some time, and am continually in awe of his enormous presence in the world. The opportunity to portray him in this film is a great honor."

The Clint Eastwood film is scheduled to open in December.


Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon (Daily Mail)


The real Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar in 1995. (Daily Mail)

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46664 Concert: In Celebration Of Nelson Mandela's Life - Performance
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  • Nelson Mandela in 46664 Concert: In Celebration Of Nelson Mandela's Life - Performance
  • Nelson Mandela in 46664 Concert: In Celebration Of Nelson Mandela's Life - Performance
  • Nelson Mandela in 46664 Concert: In Celebration Of Nelson Mandela's Life - Performance
  • Nelson Mandela in 46664 Concert: In Celebration Of Nelson Mandela's Life - Performance
  • Nelson Mandela in 46664 Concert: In Celebration Of Nelson Mandela's Life - Performance
  • Nelson Mandela in 46664 Concert: In Celebration Of Nelson Mandela's Life - Performance
  • Nelson Mandela in 46664 Concert: In Celebration Of Nelson Mandela's Life - Performance

Morgan Freeman at Mandela Day: A 46664 Celebration Concert
  • Morgan Freeman in Mandela Day: A 46664 Celebration Concert - Show
  • Morgan Freeman in Mandela Day: A 46664 Celebration Concert - Show
  • Morgan Freeman in Mandela Day: A 46664 Celebration Concert - Show
  • Morgan Freeman in Mandela Day: A 46664 Celebration Concert - Show
  • Morgan Freeman in Mandela Day: A 46664 Celebration Concert - Show
  • Morgan Freeman in Mandela Day: A 46664 Celebration Concert - Show
  • Morgan Freeman in Mandela Day: A 46664 Celebration Concert - Show
  • Morgan Freeman in Mandela Day: A 46664 Celebration Concert - Show
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