In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor (played by James McAvoy) on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world’s most barbaric figures: Idi Amin (played by Forest Whitaker). Impressed by Dr. Garrigan’s brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his physician.
Whitaker is getting Oscar buzz for The Last King Of Scotland, and I’d say it’s long overdue for the super-talented actor. He picks unique and poignant roles (American Gun, Panic Room, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Bird and The Crying Game to name a few), and hopefully he’s going to get his props for this one.
The Last King Of Scotland also stars Gillian Anderson (The X Files), David Oyelowo and Kerry Washington.
Also upcoming for Whitaker is one of the lead characters in the big screen version of the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, due in 2008, as well as Vantage Point, a political thriller about the attempted assassination of the president as told from five different perspectives. That film is due on 2007.
See the first trailer for The Last King Of Scotland, which hits theaters on September 26, 2006, RIGHT HERE
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