CONTROVERSIAL TELEVISION EVANGELISTS CARLTON PEARSON & ORAL ROBERTS DRAMA FEATURED IN UPCOMING
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Robert Redford are the latest actors taking their talents to Netflix. The pair are set to star in the faith-based drama Come Sunday for the streaming service.
Come Sunday is the story of Carlton Pearson (Ejiofor), an evangelical preacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma who creates a storm of controversy when he declares to his congregation that there is no hell after a personal realisation. After losing everything, Pearson has to rebuild his church and repair his family while learning to embrace his own personal faith.
Redford will co-star as famed American controversial television evangelist Oral Roberts. Roberts served as Pearson’s mentor in real life.
Come Sunday is based on a This American Life episode from 2005, and This American Life host Ira Glass and producer Alissa Ship will produce the film alongside Endgame Entertainment’s James D Stern.
Endgame originally was set up to make the picture in 2010 under the name Heretics with Marc Forster (World War Z) attached to direct. Now Joshua Marston (Maria Full Of Grace) will helm, working from a script by Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things). The project is set to begin production in January. No tentative release dates have been announced.