February 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST

Almost two decades after Eric Bana turned in a career-making performance playing much-jailed criminal Mark Read in Chopper, the Australian actor once again finds himself behind bars in The Forgiven. Directed by Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) and based on a play by Michael Ashton, the film stars Forest Whitaker as the real-life figure of South African activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu who is summoned to a maximum-security prison by a notorious murderer seeking clemency (Bana) and is drawn into a dangerous, life-changing battle with the criminal.

The Forgiven is released in cinemas in Los Angeles and New York, March 9. The film’s theatrical release will expand from March 16 and the movie will also be available to watch on VOD and digital HD from that date.

Exclusively watch the trailer for The Forgiven, above.

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