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Robert Redford to play Oral Roberts in Jonathan Demme's Come Sunday

05.22.2014
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At age 77, Robert Redford is enjoying a career resurgence thanks to acclaimed roles in the virtually dialogue free ALL IS LOST and the villainous turn as Alexander Pierce in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. With those under his belt, Redford may be close to embarking on another unique role for his acting career: playing a preacher.

The Hollywood Reporter says Redford is in talks to co-star with Jeffrey Wright in COME SUNDAY for director Jonathan Demme. In the film, Redford would play evangelical minister Oral Roberts opposite Wright as Carlton Pearson.

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.

Demme himself is in line for a career resurgence. He was previously linked to the Stephen King adaptation 11/22/63 and has not helmed a feature since 2008's RACHEL GETTING MARRIED. COME SUNDAY has been in development for a long time. Previously titled HERETICS, it was once going to be directed by Marc Forster. COME SUNDAY is slated to begin filming next year.

While the subject matter may not sound as rousing as a superhero movie, Redford is still a very magnetic actor and should bring some intriguing depth to the real life character that was Oral Roberts. If this cast and crew stays together, COME SUNDAY should be an interesting film to watch.

Extra Tidbit: I got to say oral and come in the same article.

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12:55PM on 05/23/2014

Please include the sex sermon...

As long as Robert Redford talks about sex the same way Oral Roberts did, I'll be laugh-out-loud happy...
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As long as Robert Redford talks about sex the same way Oral Roberts did, I'll be laugh-out-loud happy...
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9:52PM on 05/22/2014
I gotta say: I stopped drinking coffee and had to read the headline twice, hehe.
I gotta say: I stopped drinking coffee and had to read the headline twice, hehe.
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8:52PM on 05/22/2014
Great casting. Next up, J.K. Simmons for Smith Wigglesworth!
Great casting. Next up, J.K. Simmons for Smith Wigglesworth!
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6:40PM on 05/22/2014
I remember reading about this guy! This could end up being pretty interesting, assuming it doesn't devolve into a debate film.
Smart on the title change. Heretics it technically correct, but it calls to mind a horror movie.
I remember reading about this guy! This could end up being pretty interesting, assuming it doesn't devolve into a debate film.
Smart on the title change. Heretics it technically correct, but it calls to mind a horror movie.
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6:35PM on 05/22/2014
I don't think Redford has the ear lobes to pull off playing Roberts.
I don't think Redford has the ear lobes to pull off playing Roberts.
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8:51PM on 05/22/2014
How did you get a thumbs down for that? I thought it was funny.
How did you get a thumbs down for that? I thought it was funny.
8:56PM on 05/22/2014
Prosthetic makeup!
Prosthetic makeup!
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