Saban Films has announced the release of the upcoming thriller, The Forgiven.

It will be  in theaters on March 9 with a theatrical expansion on March 16 to also include VOD and Digital HD.

The film is directed by Roland Joffé and stars Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. The film was co-written by Joffé and Michael Ashton, and based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The Antichrist”.  It first premiered at the 2017 BFI London Film Festival.

The film’s description: When Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Forest Whitaker) is appointed to head a nationwide investigation, he’s summoned to a maximum-security prison by a notorious murderer seeking clemency (Eric Bana). Inside the brutal prison walls, Tutu is drawn into a dangerous, life-changing battle with the cunning criminal.

The Forgiven is produced by Joffé alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light and Dark Films, and was financed by The Fyzz Facility. Kim Ashton, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, John R. Sherman, Tannaz Anisi, Greg Schenz, Jeff Gum, Jeff Rice, Lee Broda executive produced.