AFM: Vince Vaughn Joins Forest Whitaker in 'The Archbishop and the Antichrist'

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Whitake, Vaughn

Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffe will helm the adaptation of the Michael Ashton play.

Vince Vaughn joins Oscar winner Forest Whitaker in The Archbishop and the Antichrist.

Based on the play of the same name by Michael Ashton, the film will follow the fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s (Whitaker) meetings with brutal murderer Piet Blomfield (Vaughn), who seeks redemption for the atrocities he’s committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South Africa. 

The film will be helmed by Oscar nominated director Roland Joffe, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ashton.

Craig Baumgarten will produce The Archbishop and the Antichrist, with Kim Ashton serving as executive producer. 

13 Films is handling international rights and WME Global is handling North American rights for the film, which will be introduced to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.

Whitaker won the best actor Oscar for his role in 2007 for his role in The Last King of Scotland. He is currently in London filming the highly anticipated Star Wars stand alone, Rogue One, which is due out in theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.

Vaughn, who is known for comedic roles in films like Wedding Crashers and Anchorman, took a dramatic turn in the second season of the HBO series True Detective. He is currently filming Mel Gibsons Hacksaw Ridge, which also stars Hugo Weaving and Andrew Garfield.

Whitaker is repped by WME, Brillstein and Ziffren Brittenham. Vaughn is repped by WME and Jackoway & Tyerman.