What would we change about our lives if we knew we were going to die soon? We're no strangers to the question. It pops up all the time, especially in stories of people who are wasting their lives. Recently, it got the novel/reality blur in Stranger than Fiction. The question hangs over us, reminding us not to waste precious time, since we don't know how long we have. The world might end, or we might be dealt a fatal blow by a toilet seat. Now, having explored The Fast Times at Ridgemont High, war in Platoon, cross-dressing in The Crying Game and life as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, Forest Whitaker is thinking about his impending death.

The prolific and wonderful actor is currently in negotiations to star as Nathan in French director Gilles Bourdos' treatment of Afterwards -- an adaptation of Guillaume Musso's novel Et après... As a young boy, Nathan drowns in a lake and is declared dead, yet somehow wakes up. A few decades later, Nathan is living as a recently-divorced, great lawyer in New York and has forgotten about his death-defying experience. Then he meets a man who claims to have the power to sense when people are going to die. Obviously, Nathan does not believe the strange man until strange events confirm the claims. Dum, dum, dum! The novel is said to be the birth of "Style Musso," which is an amalgam of love, mystery and existential debate. It sounds like one of those movies that could be more of the same tired themes, or completely fresh. With Whitaker ready to jump on board, I'm leaning towards the latter.
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