Forest Whitaker to play Archbishop Tutu

2012-02-16 14:20
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.


  • Victor - 2012-02-16 14:31

    Enough already with the political apartheid stories ! boring !!!!!!

      John Murray McKay - 2012-02-16 15:28

      They can never let go. The guilt trip fall back is too comfortable

      John - 2012-02-16 17:19

      I like to see this as a movie about Tutu...rather than an Apartheid movie

      jpstrauss - 2012-02-17 08:37

      I like to see The SAW movies as endearing love stories against the odds.

  • Louis Hager - 2012-02-16 14:33

    Whitaker is about twice the size of the Arch?

      Nicola Erasmus - 2012-02-16 22:13

      LOL! That was my first thought too!! Wonder if the people who gave you a thumbs down actually know who Forest Whitaker is.

  • Jako - 2012-02-16 15:15

    Ridiculous. Looked all over for a real life historical figure who fits the propoganda of a mindless sadistic afrikaner. couldnt find one. Lets create one and call him Piet. Keep pushing us....

      John Murray McKay - 2012-02-16 15:27

      I totally agree!

      jpstrauss - 2012-02-17 08:38

      I wonder what Neil Blomkamp thinks of the guy's name.

  • Tommy - 2012-02-16 15:40

    Another movie to show the world how "compassionate" and "forgiving" some South Africans are, and how evil the other half is. Why not make a realistic movie about a farm murders and how it impacts on society.

      jpstrauss - 2012-02-17 08:38

      That's actually not a bad idea.

  • Willem - 2012-02-16 16:11

    for the first time the actor is uglier than the real life version

  • Lwando Zondwa-Ziintshaba Poni - 2012-02-16 16:35

    You might as well all make peace with it, there'll always make Apartheid and World War II movies. They have the money...

  • mark.mgobhozi - 2012-08-14 08:45

    That's great as it's about getting the quality actor and also returns to the movie makers. Whitaker is amongst the best narators true-life-fictions

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