Rhames made to order for 'Harold' film


Ving Rhames is taking on the lead role in the big-screen adaptation of Athol Fugard's 1982 play "Master Harold … and the Boys," a role Danny Glover originated on Broadway.

The movie, shooting on location in South Africa, is being helmed by Emmy-winning director Lonny Price, who makes his feature debut with the film.

Price played opposite Glover in the Broadway play under Fugard's direction, then helmed the 2003 revival.

Rhames plays Sam, a dignified and noble waiter who is a father figure to young Hally (Freddie Highmore).

South African native Patrick Mofokeng rounds out the cast as Willie, a younger, more lighthearted waiter preparing for a ballroom dancing competition.

Nicky Rebelo penned the screen adaptation of "Harold," which will extend the original play to take in more action and expand the setting.

"Harold" is produced by Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat and Michael Auret for Cape Town-based Spier Films together with veteran producer David Pupkewitz of U.K. production banner Focus Films. Broadway producer Nelle Nugent also is on board.

Morris Ruskin of Shoreline Entertainment is handling worldwide sales through the company's Watermark art house/independent label. (partialdiff)