Two-time Oscar nominee Joffé (“The Killing Fields”) co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Ashton. Kim Ashton will executive produce the film, which will begin shooting early next year.
13 Films is handling international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market. WME Global is handling North American rights.
Based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The Antichrist,” the film follows a 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.
Whitaker is currently filming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which Disney will release on Dec. 16, 2016. He recently starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in “Southpaw” and will soon be seen alongside Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in Paramount’s sci-fi movie “Story of Your Life.” Whitaker won an Oscar for “The Last King of Scotland” and earned rave reviews for his work in “Lee Daniels‘ The Butler.”
WME represents Vaughn and Whitaker, who is also repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.