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Photos have surfaced from the set of The Human Factor, the Nelson Mandella biopic directed by Clint Eastwood that is currently shooting on location in South Africa. The pics show co-star Matt Damon outfitted as Francois Pienaar, captain of the 1995 South African rugby team that took the World Cup and “capped Mandela’s miraculous 10-year effort to bring 43 million South Africans together in an enduring bond.” Morgan Freeman, who is co-producing with Eastwood, will play Mandella primarily during the years following his 23-year imprisonment, in which he served a term as president after the fall of apartheid. Set for release in December, the film is based on the book Playing the Enemy by John Carlin. Photos via TB&U. One more after the jump.

Also of note, Eastwood’s previous directorial effort (and possibly his last as an actor), 2008’s Gran Torino, continues to hold at the box office in lieu of being blatantly shut-out of the Academy Awards and dividing /Film’s staff. As of yesterday, it has taken in a massive $142 million plus, the biggest domestic gross of his career.

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