The TobyMac movie has arrived.
I’m in Love with a Church Girl, the first film from Reverence Gospel Media (lofty name, huh?), features an all-star cast including Ja Rule (The Fast and the Furious, Shall We Dance), Adrienne Bailon (Cheetah Girls), Stephen Baldwin (Usual Suspects, The Young Riders) and Grammy Award winning artist, producer, performer Toby Mac in his debut acting role.
You couldn’t have shocked us more at Christian Music Makers unless you told us Michael Jackson was still alive. You mean to tell us formerly foul-mouthed dirrrty rapper Ja Rule is in a “Christian movie?” With Stephen Baldwin? And the blackest white guy ever, Toby Mac? You know, the one who used to be part of dc Talk and then after the group split, he did even better in Christian music, and from a distance looks like he’s still in his 20s even those he’s headed toward 50??? This is hands-down a must see movie! Not sure if it’s going to be mocked or Oscar-worthy– the book (or in this case, the film) is not out yet…but one thing’s for sure– with a Baldwin brother in it, it is sure to attract a lot of attention. And anything Toby Mac does Christians flock to en masse.
The…Christianese ahead…”faith-based film” (as opposed to secular?) is directed by Steve Race (The Beach House) and written and produced by pastor Galley Molina featuring real events from his own troubled past. With a name like Galley, he probably got beat up a lot. What kind of a name is Galley??
Currently in post-production, I’m in Love with a Church Girl was scored by music composer Bruce Fowler (Dark Knight, Lion King) at the famed Eastwood Stage on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, Calif. Legend jazz trumpeter and pianist Arturo Sandoval also contributed to the score. Hmmm, Fowler and Sandoval are top-notch– how’d they get attached to a film like this? 🙂
The film’s website can be accessed at http://www.iminlovewithachurchgirl.com. You should totally go there and then come back and comment on this article!
Producer and writer Galley Molina states, “Sometimes God needs to use extreme measures to deal with extreme circumstances. This movie is truly about the power of God in a man’s life. I really wanted to make a film that a non-believer could enjoy and yet be ministered to while at the same time a believer could watch and say ‘Amen.’”
I’m in Love with a Church Girl depicts a unique story centered on a retired high-level drug trafficker Miles Montego (Ja Rule), whose life has gone legitimate yet he remains loyal to his tight-knit circle of friends and former colleagues in the business. When he meets Vanessa (Adrienne Bailon), a church girl in every sense of the word, he must decide whether to hold onto his old ways or let them go. Throughout the film Miles and Vanessa are tested to their last ounce of faith and strength in God and each other.
Other cast members include Michael Madsen (24, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill), Martin Kove (Karate Kid, Rambo), Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy from the Sopranos!!!, Goodfellas), Michael Rivera (Fighting, It’s Complicated), David Jean Thomas (Fight Club, The Soloist), and “Christian rapper” T-Bone (The Fighting Temptations, Never Back Down).Christian Music Makers thinks this film will elicit a lot of OMG’s when people hear of it. What do you think? Ya plan on seeing the TobyMac movie???