13 Films is handling international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the American Film Market, which launches Nov. 4. WME Global is handling North American rights.
Based on the play of the same name by Michael Ashton, the film follows a fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s meetings with Piet Blomfield, a murderer who seeks redemption for the atrocities he has committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South Africa.
Roland Joffe, whose credits include “The Killing Fields” and “The Scarlet Letter,” is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Ashton. Craig Baumgarten (“Hook,” “Shattered Glass”) is producing.
The project has been in development for several years with Whitaker attached.
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“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 Tannaz Anisi, president of 13 Films. “Vince Vaughn continues to prove his wide-ranging acting skills following his more dramatic roles in ‘Into the Wild’ and the upcoming ‘Hacksaw Ridge.'”
Whitaker is currently filming Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and will next appear in Paramount’s science fiction tale “Story of Your Life,” alongside Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. Vaughn is currently filming Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” with Hugo Weaving and Andrew Garfield.
Whitaker is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment. Vaughn is repped by WME.