Stoney Lake Entertainment has announced the feature film adaptation of the popular book series, “Left Behind.” The
film stars Nicolas Cage, who is piloting a plane mere hours after the Rapture occurs. The film also stars Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson and Jordin Sparks and is directed by Vic Armstrong (“Thor,” “Amazing Spider-Man,” “War of the Worlds”).

“‘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. Shot mostly in and around Baton Rouge, LA., LEFT BEHIND was produced by Paul Lalonde and Michael Walker and co-written by Paul Lalonde and John Patus.”

“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,” said Paul Lalonde, the producer of the film and the CEO of Stoney Lake Entertainment in a statement. “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.”

“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,” said Cage in a statement.

The “Left Behind” series, written by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, has been published in 32 different languages,
sold more than 65 million copies and is one of the best-selling fiction series of all time. “I believe it does justice to the novel and will renew interest in the entire series,” Jenkins said. LaHaye added, “It is the best movie I have ever seen on the Rapture.”

Take a look at the trailer below. “Left Behind” will be in theaters Oct. 3.


By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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