Rugby: Temuera Morrison to portray Eddie Jones in movie

Jones & Morrison
Eddie Jones & Temuera Morrison. Photo credit: Reuters/AAP

He's played Jango Fett in Star Wars and Jake the Muss in Once Were Warriors, but now Kiwi actor Temuera Morrison is set to play well-renowned rugby coach Eddie Jones.

The 57-year-old will portray the Australian in a new film about Japan's famous 34-32 win over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, with the working name of The Brighton Miracle.

Jones - now head coach of England - was then the Japan boss and the mastermind behind the Brave Blossoms' dramatic win.

Temuera Morrison.
Temuera Morrison. Photo credit: Getty Images

Karne Hesketh scored a 84th-minute try to secure Japan's biggest ever win and their first over South Africa.

They would go onto win two more games in the tournament and become the first team to miss the knockout stages with three pool wins.

New Zealand-based actor and Jurassic Park star Sam Neill is reported to play Jones' father in the movie.

Filming is expected to begin in January on the Gold Coast, with award-winning Australian writer and director Max Mannix overseeing the project.               

"What Eddie Jones and his team did in 2015 was truly magnificent, and worthy of being remembered," Australian writer and director Max Mannix told the Kyodo News.

"What I want to do is try to show why it happened and where did the self-belief come from."

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