Kelsey Grammer and Jonathan Roumie of ‘The Chosen’ Join the Cast of ’70s Religious Drama ‘Jesus Revolution’


Kingdom Story Company and Lionsgate announced Friday that Kelsey Grammer, Anna Grace Barlow, Jonathan Roumie and more have joined the cast of jesus revolutiona film inspired by the true story of a national spiritual awakening in the early 1970s and its origins within a community of hippie teenagers in Southern California.

Kelsey Grammer has joined the cast of ‘The Jesus Revolution’. Image courtesy of Kingdom Story Company.

Grammer (“Frasier”) will star alongside previously announced Joel Courtney (“Super 8”), as well as new cast members Anna Grace Barlow (“The Big Leap”), Jonathan Roumie (“The Chosen”), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“According to Jim”), Ally Ioannides (“Parenthood”), Julia Campbell (“Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion”), Nic Bishop (“Truth Be Told”) and Jolie Jenkins (“Alexa & Katie” ).

In the 1970s, young Greg Laurie (Joel Courtney) sets out to redefine truth by any means of liberation and instead meets Lonnie Frisbee (Jonathan Roumie), a charismatic hippie street preacher. Laurie and Frisbee, along with pastor Chuck Smith (Kelsey Grammer), open the doors of Smith’s languishing church to unexpected renewal through rock and roll, new love and a touch of Faith leading to a Revolution of Jesus that changed the world.

Laurie then founded Harvest Christian Fellowship, one of the largest congregations in America, with over 15,000 regular members. Over the years, six million people have participated in Harvest Christian Fellowship.

Modern crusades and rallies for change are everywhere. “Jesus Revolution” is the story of such a movement that not only set a pattern for changemakers afterward, but sparked a revival with ripple effects that still matter today. today.

Grammer will play Chuck Smith, the real pastor of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, who mentored Greg Laurie. Chuck opened his church to a generation of hippies and seekers, helping to start the last great spiritual revival in America.

Barlow will play Cathe, who finds a connection with Greg as they both search for purpose in a changing world. Roumie will play Lonnie Frisbee, the young hippie preacher who draws thousands into the movement with his charismatic and vulnerable messages. Williams-Paisley will play Charlene, Greg’s struggling mother. Campbell will play Kay, Chuck’s wife, with Ioannides playing Janette, his daughter. Bishop will play Dick, Cathe’s father, and Jenkins will play Pilar, her mother.

Written by Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn, the film will be directed by Jon Erwin (“I Can Only Imagine”, “American Underdog”) and Brent McCorkle (“Unconditional”) and produced by Kevin Downes (“I Can Only Imagine”, “ American Underdog”) and Jon and Andrew Erwin (“I Can Only Imagine”, “American Underdog”), as well as Josh Walsh (“The Jesus Music”) and Daryl Lefever (“Woodlawn”).

“We are thrilled by the amazing cast that have come together,” said Jon Erwin. “The film is set in a very specific time and place, but the theme of finding deeper meaning in life, amidst a fractured and broken world, is timeless. In his iconic performances, Kelsey has a proven ability to connect with the audience in a real and vulnerable way, which will make him a formidable presence in this film.

Grammer added, “Jesus has had a profound influence on my life. I am proud to be part of this film. »

Erwin added, “If anything has been clarified over the past few years, it’s how much we need each other. Yet with each passing day, we feel more disconnected than ever. The true story of “Jesus Revolution” reminds us that hope is never lost, and even in the most difficult times, with faith change is possible.

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