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Eric Bana is set to star opposite Academy Award® Winner Forest Whitaker in The Forgiven.
The drama is an adaptation of Michael Ashton's play 'The Archbishop and the Antichrist'.
Oscar-Golden Globes and BAFTA nominated director Roland Joffé is directing from a script he co-wote with Ashton.
The drama follows Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s (Whitaker) work as President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with a brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and redemption.
Saban Films announced it had acquired the North American rights to the film last month.
Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said: “The depth in The Forgiven is unnerving, something Roland Joffé is known for. Whitaker and Bana’s history of prestigious dramatic roles is something we know will translate into this film, they are experts within the genre and we’re eager to see their characters transform on-screen.”
Joffé produced the film alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films, with financing being provided by The Fyzz Facility.
The film is currently in production.