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Chiwetel Ejiofor in Negotiation to Portray Bishop Carlton for Netflix Biopic ‘Come Sunday’

'Come Sunday' is based on the true story about evangelical minister Carlton Pearson featured in a 2005 This American Life episode.

What if hell isn't a place you could go after you die? What if it doesn't exist at all?

That’s the conclusion Tulsa, Oklahoma evangelical minister Carlton Pearson arrived at in 2004, which led to his disparagement by his peers who labeled him a heretic. The minister eventually lost everything, including his church. The cataclysmic event set Pearson on a path to rediscover himself, the importance of family as well as the renewed strength to rebuild his church.

It’s a compelling true-story that has been featured in a "This American Life" episode in 2005, and is now the subject of Netflix’s forthcoming flick Come SundayThe Hollywood Reporter reports Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is currently in talks to portray Pearson in the adaptation based on the episode and screenplay by Marcus Hinchey (All Good Things).

Chiwetel Ejiofor via Facebook

If the 12 Years a Slave breakout star signs on he will join Robert Redford, who will play Oral Roberts, a TV evangelist pioneer who mentored Pearson, for the Joshua Marston-directed (Maria Full of Grace) production.

"This American Life's" Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp, as well as Endgame's James D. Stern, are producing.

Previously veteran actor Jeffrey Wright was slated to play Pearson in the delayed project, formerly titled Heretics.

Production is scheduled to begin in January.

You can also catch Ejiofor starring as Baron Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange, arriving in theaters in November.

If you missed the "This American Life" episode on Pearson, listen here.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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