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Denzel Washington to star in 'Eli'

4 September 2008 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Denzel Washington has signed on to star in the futuristic drama "The Book of Eli" for directing duo Allen and Albert Hughes.

Warner Bros.-based shingle Alcon Entertainment is financing the project and will co-produce with Silver Pictures. The company's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson also are producing with Washington, Susan Downey and Silver Pictures' Joel Silver.

The post-apocalyptic drama is based on a story by Gary Whitta, with a rewrite by Anthony Peckham, and focuses on the not-so-distant future where America is a wasteland and a lone warrior (Washington) fights to bring society the knowledge that is key to its redemption.

Filming starts in January in New Mexico.

"This is an epic tale, a thriller set in a future uninviting yet hopeful, and its hero could not be batter suited to Denzel Washington," Alcon's Johnson and Kosove said. "The Hughes brothers will bring a bold, contemporary edge to the »

- By Leslie Simmons

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Freeman Intimidated By Mandela Role

16 July 2008 9:01 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Morgan Freeman insists playing former South African leader Nelson Mandela in upcoming film The Human Factor will be the most challenging role of his career.

Freeman is currently trying to master Mandela's voice and heavy accent for the movie, which is based on John Carlin's book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela + The Game That Made a Nation.

And Freeman admits he is terrified he won't be able to do the role justice.

He says, "I've met Mandela several times and it's the one role which does intimidate me. How do you play a man like that? You have to get it right - otherwise there's no point." »

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Freeman To Play Mandela In Rugby Film

3 July 2008 6:00 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Morgan Freeman is to play former South African leader Nelson Mandela in a new film about the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Freeman reveals he's currently trying to master Mandela's voice and his heavy accent for the movie, which is based on John Carlin's book Nelson Mandela + The Game That Made a Nation.

The 71-year-old actor says, "I've got to suggest his voice and his speech without making a fool of myself."

The new film will start shooting in South Africa, where the 1995 World Cup was held, early next year. »

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