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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.


Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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