Forest Whitaker will be Desmond Tutu in new Roland Joffe film

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The last time we saw Forrest Whittaker playing a real life person was in The Last King of Scotland. His scary performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin eventually garnered him an Oscar. Apparently, awards shows like it when you have James McAvoy suspended by hooks through his nipples.

Now he’s looking to a play another African leader, but one cut from a totally different cloth. Though honestly, I’m still holding out hopes for meat hooks to make a reappearance.

Whittaker will be portraying  everybody’s favourite orangutan-armed archbishop, Desmond Tutu, in a story called The Archbishop And The Antichrist. The film will be an adaptation by acclaimed director Roland Joffe (The Mission, The Killing Fields) of  Michael Ashton’s play of the same name.

Set during the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings, it is the fictional story of how Tutu spends two weeks meeting in prison with a brusque South African mass murderer, Piet Blomfeld. Blomfeld craves forgiveness but struggles to find anything within himself that is worth redeeming, while Tutu struggles to provide him with the absolution he seeks.

So no chance of meat hooks then. Damn.

There is no date set for the film as of yet.

Last Updated: February 16, 2012

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