It is more likely that Matt Damon will score an Oscar nom for Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, which slices into Nelson Mandela’s 1995 pursuit of the rugby World Cup to unify South Africa, than Steven Soderbergh’s offbeat The Informant! which has already faded from the scene. Damon plays the captain of the South African rugby team, Francois Pienaar, and Morgan Freeman inhabits Mandela. Invictus opens December 11.
Check out the Apple trailer and the Green Zone trailer on the jump.
For Damon’s next vehicle, the R-rated war thriller Green Zone, he rejoins his Bourne director Paul Greengrass. Set in the early days of the Iraq War, this movie looks great (and cost a fortune) but feels slightly out-of-date. Clearly this picture carries the political overtones that grunts-eye-view The Hurt Locker went out of its way to avoid. The movie, which was pushed back from its original 2009 release, opens March 12.