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Eastwood 'casts son in next film'

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood has suggested Gran Torino may be the last film he stars in

Clint Eastwood has cast his son in an untitled Nelson Mandela biopic he has signed up to direct, reports say.

The Hollywood Reporter said Scott Eastwood will join Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the real-life story of how Mandela united South Africa.

It is not the first time that the younger Eastwood has starred in a film directed by his father.

He landed roles in both Gran Torino and Flags of Our Fathers. The actor's credit usually appears as Scott Reeves.

The Mandela project is adapted from John Carlin's book, Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation.

It details Mandela's plan, following his historic election in 1994, to unite the country around the Rugby World Cup.

Previously, the sport had been seen as the exclusive pastime of the white populace who invented and enforced Apartheid - but Mandela lent his personal support to the South African Springbok team as the 1995 tournament approached.

Freeman is due to play the elder statesman, while Damon takes the role of Springbok captain Francois Pienaar.

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