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The Last King of Scotland

Release Date: September 27, 2006
Limited release

June 2, 2005
Washington goes to Scotland

Kerry Washington has joined the cast of the political drama The Last King of Scotland for Fox Searchlight. She'll play one of the wives of Idi Amin, who will be portrayed by Forest Whitaker. The story is set in the 1970s and is based on the award winning novel by Giles Foden. It centers on a Scottish doctor (James McAvoy) who becomes personal physician of the new president of Uganda due to a twist of fate. That president, of course, was the brutal Amin, who eventually developed an obsession with Scotland and determined that he wanted to become king of the country.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

April 13, 2005
Whitaker is a King

Forest Whitaker will star in The Last King of Scotland for Fox Searchlight Films and director Kevin MacDonald. Also cast in the film is James McAvoy. Based on Giles Foden's award-winning novel, the movie is set in the 1970s and blends history and fiction. It tells the story of a Scottish physician who somehow becomes the hand-picked doctor of the new president of Uganda - Idi Amin. Although the doctor is at first flattered by his new position, he is soon horrified by his connection to the savagery of the man. Although Amin was famous for his brutality and despotic nature, he also was fascinated by all things Scottish, wearing kilts and saying he wanted to create an army to fight for Scottish independence. Eventually, he hoped to be king of Scotland.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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