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Forest Whitaker to play Archbishop Tutu

2012-02-16 14:20
 
Forest Whitaker Archbishop Tutu
Los Angeles - Forest Whitaker is set to play Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in The Archbishop and the Antichrist.

The Oscar-winning actor is set to take on the role of South African activist - who was the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town - in Roland Joffe's film, which is adapted from Michael Ashton's play.

The film sees Tutu in a fictional story about the archbishop meeting a bigoted South African mass murderer called Piet Blomfeld, who says he's seeking redemption. The plot is set during Tutu's work with the country's Truth and Reconciliation hearings.

Idi Amin

No one has yet been cast to portray Blomfeld and the film doesn't have a shooting date.

Whitaker won an Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Sotland.

Joffe is also busy setting up In God We Trust, which he describes as "a thriller about stealing a country, manipulating money but also about the desire to kill your parents - sometimes those things go together".

However, Joffe is currently working on romantic drama Singularity, which features Josh Hartnett and Neve Campbell, and he is hoping to complete it be the end of the year.

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