Relativity Media has released an image for the upcoming inspirational true story, Machine Gun Preacher, starring Gerard Butler as Sam Childers. The film is directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) and it was written by Jason Keller.
I’m all for Gerard Butler staring in something that isn’t a silly romantic comedy with Jennifer Aniston or Katherine Heigl. I’m guessing the easy paychecks and lack of having to do much on set is the reason why Butler has been in a fair amount of trashy films these days, but I think he really needs to start caring about his career again. Obviously 300 was a big game changer for him, but the only other thing I liked him in besides that was Gamer.
Machine Gun Preacher could be exactly what he needs at this point in his career!
The film will be getting a limited release in NY and LA on September 23rd, 2011.
In this inspirational true story, Machine Gun Preacher is about Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) moving story of violence and redemption.
When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region’s vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed—in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens.
But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA’s intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives—and eventually his own. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and enslavement, Machine Gun Preacher also stars Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), Academy Award® nominated Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Souleyman Sy Savane (“Damages”).