Forest Whitaker To Be Desmond Tutu

Forest Whitaker’s potrayal of dictator Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland netted him an Oscar in 2006.  Now he’s set to turn his attentions to another real life character, albeit one with less nefarious intentions – Desmond Tutu in Roland Joffe’s The Archbishop And The Antichrist.

The script is adapted from Michael Ashton’s play, which tells the ficitonal story of the good natured Archbishop meeting a South African mass murderer called Piet Blomfeld who says he’s seeking redemption set during the time of the Truth and Reconcilliation hearings (the late 90s).

Joffe’s been busy of late – he’s got another project in the works called In God We Trust which he described to Screen Daily as, “a thriller about stealing a country, manipulating money but also about the desire to kill your parents – sometimes those things go together,””

He’s currently in post-production on his romantic drama Singularity partly set in 18th century colonial India and partially in the present day starring Josh Hartnett and Neve Campbell which should be due for release in August or September.

Whittaker meanwhile has been busier still with no less that six films in development including cop drama Freelancers, thriller Vipaka, The Truth alongside Eva Longoria and Andy Garcia, crime thriller Pawn and Jee-woon Kim’s Last Stand starring Arnold Schwarzegger.