By Megan McGuire
The drama The Archbishop and the Antichrist has added two new stars to its cast: Forest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn. Roland Joffe is directing with a screenplay co written by Michael Ashton, the author of the original play.
The play by Ashton surrounds a fictionalized version of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his meetings with a murderer who seeks redemption for past crimes including murder, for which he is serving a live sentence for in South Africa after the apartheid. Tanner Anisi, president of 13 Films, is excited for what Whitaker and Vaughn will bring to the film.
“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,” said Anisi, “Vince Vaughn continues to prove his wide-ranging acting skills following his more dramatic roles in Into the Wild and the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge.”
Right now 13 Films is handling its international rights, with WME Global handling North American rights. Craig Baumgarten will produce. The project will start shooting early next year after being in development for several years.
Whitaker will appear in the Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Paramount’s Story of Your Life, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. Vaughn’s upcoming flicks include Hacksaw Ridge alongside Hugo Weaving and Andrew Garfield.