Warner Bros has released the first trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s new film Invictus, which tells the “inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country.” Matt Damon plays Pienaar, and Morgan Freeman plays Mandela.
Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
Invictus looks like it will definitely be in the running come awards season, which shouldn’t be a surprise, especially considering the track record of the modern-era Eastwood’s films. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Watch the trailer in high definition on Apple. Invictus hits theaters on December 11th 2009.