Robert Redford May Play Oral Roberts In Upcoming Movie About Evangelical Ministers

Robert Redford and Oral Roberts
Robert Redford and Oral Roberts

Jeffrey Wright is also in talks to star in the Jonathan Demme-helmed movie about the world of evangelical ministers.

Jonathan Demme is set to tackle the world of evangelical ministers with the film Come Sunday and is enlisting Robert Redford to play the late Oral Roberts.

The film, which will be financed and produced by Endgame Entertainment (Looper), chronicles the true story of Carlton Pearson, a renowned evangelical minister in Tulsa, Okla., who stirs up controversy with his revelation that there is no hell. He loses everything and must rebuild his church and his family and find his own personal faith. Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace) is in talks to take on the starring role of Pearson.

Roberts, an early pioneer of TV evangelism who reached millions of followers worldwide over more than six decades, served as Pearson’s mentor. Redford, whose recent credits include the superhero pic Captain America: The Winter Soldier and J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost, is in discussions to tackle the supporting role of the controversial minister.

The project, formerly titled Heretics, was originally set up at Endgame in 2010 as a directing vehicle for Marc Forster, who will be involved as an executive producer. After seeing little action for years, Come Sunday was resurrected thanks to Demme’s interest.

Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things) wrote the screenplay, which is based on a This American Life broadcast that originally aired in 2005.

The project is being eyed for a spring 2015 start, leaving Demme room to squeeze in another film first.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter
Tatiana Siegel

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