Eastwood takes pitch for dad, WB

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Like father, cast son.

Scott Eastwood has nabbed a role in the untitled Nelson Mandela drama being directed by his father, Clint, for Warner Bros. and Spyglass Entertainment.

The younger Eastwood joins Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the real-life story of how Mandela, as the new South African president, worked with the captain of the national rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite the country after apartheid. Eastwood will play a member of Pienaar's team, which makes a run at the 1995 World Cup Championship.

South African writer Anthony Peckham adapted the screenplay from John Carlin's book, "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation."

Clint Eastwood, Lori McCreary, Robert Lorenz and Mace Neufeld are producing the film. Freeman, Tim Moore, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum are exec producing.

Scott Eastwood, whose credit often reads "Scott Reeves," also had roles in his father's films "Gran Torino" and "Flags of Our Fathers." The actor, repped by UTA and Joanne Horowitz Management, also appeared in "An American Crime" and "Pride." (partialdiff)
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