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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.

Music

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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