[Movies] Left Behind Set for October 3 Release
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.29.2014
Nicholas Cage faces the Rapture…
Stoney Lake Entertainment has announced via an official press release that the new Left Behind film will be released in theaters on October 3. The film was directed by Vic Armstrong and stars Nicolas Cage as Rayford Steele, as well as Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson and Jordin Sparks.
Below is an official synopsis for the film:
Left Behind follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother.
Speaking on the film, producer and CEO of Stoney Lake Entertainment, Paul Lalonde, stated: "We're seeing a number of big, biblical movies on the calendar this year, particularly 'Son of God,' 'Noah,' and 'Exodus.' What makes 'Left Behind' different is that it is a contemporary story that could actually happen at any moment. It's also a historical account in a sense, because it's based on a true story, it just hasn't happened yet. So it's very important to us that the core story not be changed. We had offers from three of the major studios in Hollywood to distribute this movie, but none would allow final control of the story to be left in our hands."
Nicholas Cage said on the film's release: "My greatest hope for this movie is that people will be entertained and thrilled by it, but also that they'll go home and have conversations with their family, and ask 'do you think this could happen, or couldn't happen?' and it'll inspire discussion and closeness."
The film is based on the New York Times bestselling book series of the same name, written by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. Speaking on the movie, author Jerry Jenkins said, "I believe it does justice to the novel and will renew interest in the entire series." Tim LaHaye added, "It is the best movie I have ever seen on the rapture."