Clint Eastwood’s next film to have Oscar buzz written all over it has finally gotten a release date. According to RopeofSilicon Warner Bros sent out an official press release for the film entitled Invictus, formally known as The Human Factor. Invictus takes place in South Africa, and tells the story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of a South African rugby team to unite the country.

Mandela will be portrayed by Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, and Matt Damon will star as the rugby captain. In the film Mandela hopes that the economic and racially segregated country will come together over their love for the sport. This motive eventually produces a successful run at the 1995 World Cup Championship. The screenplay was written by South African native Anthony Peckham, and is based off the John Carlin book, “Playing the Enemy.”

Invictus will be released on December 11 of this year, going head to head with Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. Eastwood’s films aren’t typically big box office draws, but they attract attention from the Academy like moths to a flame. As usual he’s got a strong and talented cast that will mesh well with his directing style. Eastwood has worked with Freeman several times before, and even directed his Oscar winning performance in Million Dollar Baby.

Are you interested in seeing Invictus or The Lovely Bones this winter?