Principal photography starts in Uganda tomorrow (June 11) on The Last King OfScotland starring Forest Whitaker as Ugandandictator Idi Amin.
The project was developed by FilmFour, is financed by bothFilmFour and DNA, and will be distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures andTwentieth Century Fox International.
James McAvoy will appear opposite Whitaker as a Scottishdoctor who unwittingly becomes Amin's closest advisor. Based on GilesFoden's novel of the same name and adapted by Peter Morgan (The Deal) and Jeremy Brock (Mrs Brown), the film is directed by Oscar-winning documentarydirector Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, Touching The Void).
The Last King Of Scotland is produced by Andrea Calderwood of Slate Films, and Lisa Bryer andCharles Steel of Cowboy Films. It is co-produced by Christine Ruppert atTatfilm and executive produced by Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reichof DNAand Tessa Ross from FilmFour.It is a UK-German co-production with Tatfilm.
Kerry Washington and Gillian Anderson also star.
Producer Andrea Calderwood commented, "There are somany African stories to be told. It's a continent full of extremes and untappedcinematic potential. This story, in particular, has a continuing contemporaryresonance."
The film will shoot in Uganda and the United Kingdom underCinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Millions, 28 Days Later).
Claudia Lewis, Executive Vice President of Production, andCharlotte Koh, Creative Executive, will oversee the project for Searchlight.