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A new movie about the life of author C.S. Lewis and how the former atheist came to be perhaps the world’s most influential Christian writer will be released in select theaters for a one-day engagement on November 3.
The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis, is based on a stage play by the same name, which was based on Lewis’ memoir Surprised By Joy.
A veteran of World War I, Lewis returned from the trenches an ardent atheist, concluding that “either there was no god behind the universe, a god who is indifferent to good and evil, or worse, an evil god.” The movie takes us along to the point where he “admitted that God was God, knelt and prayed, perhaps the most dejected, reluctant convert in all England.”
Directed by Emmy and BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Norman Stone (BBC’s Shadowlands, The Narnia Code) the lavish production features a star-studded cast.
Viewers may recognize Nicholas Ralph, of the PBS Masterpiece hit All Creatures Great and Small, who plays Lewis as a young man. Eddie Ray Martin plays the childhood Lewis, who renounced his faith after his mother died of cancer. Theater actor Max McLean plays a middle-aged Lewis who looks back on how the author came to become a believer and ultimately one of the world’s most influential Christian apologists.
The Most Reluctant Convert was filmed on location at Oxford University, where Tolkien met the friends who would have a tremendous impact on his faith life. The movie features Lewis’ interactions with members of the literary circle dubbed “The Inklings,” including J.R.R. Tolkien (played by Tom Glenister, Doc Martin, Vera), Hugo Dyson (played by David Shields, The Crown, Doctor Who) and Owen Barfield (played by Hubert Barton, Jekyll & Hyde, Deep Blue Sea).
The film was produced by Fellowship for Performing Arts (FPA) in association with Aspiration Entertainment. According to their website FPA “carefully selects works from great authors and themes that can articulate the Christian worldview in a way that is imaginative, multi-layered and relatable to audiences from any faith perspective, or none at all.” Past productions include Mark’s Gospel, The Screwtape Letters, and A Man for All Seasons.
Visit their website for screenings at theaters near you.
Watch the trailer below: