Hollywood actor Ryan Phillippe is set to star in a film about the true story of four South African photographers who captured the brutal violence during the death-throes of apartheid, writes Werner Swart in The Times. 

Production on the film The Bang Bang Club will begin in areas in and around Johannesburg at the end of this month.

Hollywood A-listers Phillippe, the former husband of actress Reese Witherspoon, and Taylor Kitch and Malin Akerman have already signed for the project.

The movie, to be directed by South African documentary producer Steven Silver, will be based on the book of the same name, written by photographers Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva.

Marinovich, played by Phillippe, and Silva formed what was known by their peers as The Bang Bang Club with their late colleagues, Ken Oosterbroek and Kevin Carter.

The four covered the political violence in townships around the country during the late 1980s and early 1990s that made headlines all over the world.

They captured iconic images — like those from the Boipatong and Shell House massacres — that illustrated the brutality inflicted on black South Africans by the police and armed forces, as well as the bloody clashes between African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party supporters.

Oosterbroek was shot dead and Marinovich was injured during a gun battle in Tokoza in 1994. Carter committed suicide in the same year after winning the Pulitzer prize for his famous photograph of a Sudanese child and a vulture.

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