Ving Rhames joins 'Master Harold'

Emmy-winning director Lonny Price in feature debut

LONDON -- 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 and also directed the 2003 revival.

Rhames takes on the lead role of Sam, a dignified, noble waiter who is a father figure to young Hally (Freddie Highmore).

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

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

"Master 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. Also on board is Broadway producer Nelle Nugent.

Morris Ruskin of Shoreline Entertainment is handling worldwide sales on the film through its Watermark art house/independent label.

Rhames is repped by Innovative Artists.