Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn are to star in The Archbishop and the Antichrist, a drama set in post-apartheid South Africa.
Based on a play by Michael Ashton, the film will tell a fictionalized account of the meetings between Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Whitaker) and Piet Blomfield, a murderer serving life in prison and seeking redemption for the various atrocities he has committed.
Ashton is on board adapting his own play, while Roland Joffe is attached to direct. Joffe is best known for The Killing Fields, The Mission, and The Scarlet Letter, although he hasn’t been at the helm of anything particularly notable in quite some time. Fingers crossed this long-gestating project is one that puts him back on the map.
“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,” Tannaz Anisi, President of 13 Films, said in a statement.
“Vince Vaughn continues to prove his wide-ranging acting skills following his more dramatic roles in Into the Wild and the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge.”
The Archbishop and the Antichrist is set to begin filming early next year.