By Christian Holub
Updated November 02, 2015 at 10:01 PM EST
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Vince Vaughn has been cast in Roland Jaffé’s drama The Archbishop and the Antichrist as real-life South African murderer Piet Bromfield, it was announced Monday. Forest Whitaker will star as Desmond Tutu, the iconic archbishop to whom Bromfield pleads for forgiveness and redemption.

“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,” Tannaz Anisi, President of 13 Films, said in a press release. “Vince Vaughn continues to prove his wide-ranging acting skills following his more dramatic roles in Into the Wild and the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge. Under the direction of Roland Joffé, their combined star power and talent is undeniable.”

Joffe co-wrote the screenplay for The Archbishop and the Antichrist with Michael Ashton, based on Ashton’s play of the same name. Shooting is expected to begin early next year.