Forest Whittaker to play Desmond Tutu in post-apartheid film

Award-winning actor Forest Whittaker will take on the challenge of portraying Archbishop Tutu in an upcoming film about the apartheid activist’s meetings with an Afrikaner serial killer looking for redemption

Multiple award-winning thespian, Forest Whittaker, will return to Africa in another biographical film about an impactful figure on the continent, reports Variety.

Whittaker will star, alongside Vince Vaughn, in Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Roland Joffé’s The Archbishop and the Antichrist, about Tutu’s meetings with Piet Blomfield, an Afrikaner serial killer seeking redemption for his heinous acts. The film is based on a screenplay adapted from a Michael Ashton play of the same name.

Vaughn will portray Blomfield, a racist serial killer who engages Tutu in dialogue by offering information about a missing black victim during the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Tannaz Anisi, the president of production company 13 Films said Whittaker’s depth as an actor will complement Tutu’s complexity as a character.

“Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power to all his performances and he is the perfect match for Tutu’s complex character,” he said, “Vince Vaughn continues to prove his wide-ranging acting skills following his more dramatic roles in Into the Wild and the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge. Under the direction of Roland Joffé, their combined star power and talent is undeniable.”

Forest Whittaker after receiving an Oscar for his portrayal of Idi Amin in the feature, 'The Last King of Scotland'. Photo: Getty Images
Forest Whittaker after receiving an Oscar for his portrayal of Idi Amin in the feature, ‘The Last King of Scotland’. Photo: Getty Images

Whittaker garnered critical acclaim and awards for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the film The Last King of Scotland.

Source: ThisIsAfrica

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