Pic to begin lensing next month with Haysbert, Fiennes

Italy’s Istituto Luce has boarded Billie August-helmed “Goodbye Bafana,” a South Africa-set drama rooted in the real-life rapport that Nelson Mandela developed during his incarceration with his white prison guard.

Shooting starts in South Africa in March on the $25 million pic that Dennis Haysbert (“24″) and Joseph Fiennes will topline, with Diane Kruger also attached.

“Bafana” is being exec produced by David Wicht’s Cape Town-based Film Afrika, and mounted as a South African-European co-prod. Gaul’s Ilann Girard’s Arsam is the co-producer and pic is being sold by Celluloid Dreams.

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