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Forest Whitaker Stars As Desmond Tutu In The Trailer For 'The Forgiven'

Forest Whitaker has portrayed his fair share of important African figures; from Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to Blek Pentha Black Panther's Zuri. Ok, so he's only played an African character twice but both roles were incredibly memorable! One for Whitaker's powerful performance and the other for his hilarious accent.


Now the Oscar winner will be portraying South African activist, Archbishop Desmond Tutu in new film, The Forgiven.

Directed by Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission), The Forgiven is based on Michael Ashton’s play, The Archbishop and The Antichrist, and gives a real account of an investigation by South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a restorative justice body put together in 1996, two years after the abolition of apartheid. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the chairman/president of the body at the time.


According to the film's synopsis;

"He’s summoned to a maximum-security prison by notorious murderer Piet Blomfield (Eric Bana) who is seeking clemency. Inside the brutal prison walls, Tutu is drawn into a dangerous, life-changing battle with the cunning criminal."

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In a statement shared by OkayAfrica, Desmond Tutu said about the movie:

"This timely, compelling and intelligent film, movingly, and above all humanely, captures what it felt like to be working with those selfless members of the TRC who strove, often against the odds, to help bring both truth and reconciliation to the ordinary people of South Africa,"

"The film is a tribute to the remarkable and healing power of forgiveness and the outstanding compassion and courage of those who offered love and forgiveness as an antidote to hate and inhumanity. This is not only a film about a certain time and place, it is a pean of hope to humanity at large."

While Forest Whitaker's previous work more than proves his exceptional acting abilities, we'd be lying if we didn't admit we're a bit concerned about this movie. Honestly the make up and accent are already a bit off-putting.  That being said, the intense trailer is quite captivating, pulling you deeper into the story.

The Forgiven hits US theatres on March 9 and SA cinemas in October 2018. Check out the trailer below:

By Damilola Odufuwa, published on 05/03/2018


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