Attendees at Tom Luddy‘s Telluride Film Festival will be among the first to sample a possible Oscar-shot performance by Forrest Whitaker when he plays the flamboyant, psychopathic Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in Kevin McDonald‘s The Last King of Scotland, which Fox Searchlight is opening limited on 9.26, per the IMDB.
Telluride pass-holders are never told in advance what will be shown during the four-day film festival, which will run from 9.1 to 9.4, but info on this one slipped out, I’m afraid. (Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu‘s Babel is also set to play there.) McDonald, director of the widely acclaimed half-doc, half-drama Touching the Void , shot Scotland from Jeremy Brock‘s script, which was based on Giles Foden‘s novel of the same name. Scotland also stars Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy, Nicholas Garrigan and Kerry Washington.