Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Wednesday, February 19, 2020
The director of the upcoming faith-based film I Still Believe says the movie’s all-star cast could attract an unchurched audience who typically wouldn’t be open to a Christian message.
Andrew Erwin, who co-directed the film with his brother and also co-directed the 2018 hit movie I Can Only Imagine, told Christian Headlines that the film’s cast – including K.J. Apa and Britt Robertson – could appeal to non-Christians.
Apa has 17 million Instagram followers. Robertson has appeared in several movies popular among young adults and teens.
A romantic drama, I Still Believe (PG) tells the true story of Christian singer Jeremy Camp’s marriage to his first wife, Melissa, who died of ovarian cancer. Camp wrote his popular song I Still Believe after her death.
I Still Believe releases in theaters March 13.
The goal is always to have “crossover appeal,” Erwin said.
“We’re not going to be one of these that sells out to reach an audience,” Erwin told Christian Headlines. “But what we’re trying to do is broaden our audience to where we can kind of gain new fans – new people that typically would not engage with something like this.
“We tested it with audiences, and it tested on such great scores with the general public that Lionsgate doubled our theater count from I Can Only Imagine,” Erwin said. “And they also are giving us an IMAX release – and there’s never been a faith film released in IMAX before. So it’s definitely a step up as far as an opportunity for Christians being relevant. So my hope is it does crossover.”