The New Testament story of “now you see me, now you don’t,” also known by the more familiar “The Rapture” is big Hollywood business these days.
First the “Left Behind” series of books by Tim LaHaye were hugely popular with Christians and non-Christians alike and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for months. Then there were a whole series of low budget B and C films on the subject, the most popular starring Kirk Cameron. However, for some reason known only to studio execs it is now a fashionable subject for big A-List blockbuster films and highly touted television series.
We already reported on the upcoming HBO series titled The Leftovers which is loosely based on that New Testament event of people suddenly and without warning simply disappearing into mid-air.
Now there will be a big studio film called Left Behind and starring the one and only Nicolas Cage. The movie will be based entirely on the “Left Behind” book series from LaHaye and writing partner Jerry B. Jenkins.
Cage will star as a commercial airline pilot on duty at the time of the disappearances of people on his plane and worldwide. Cage and his daughter, played by Big Love star Cassi Thomson, spend most of the flick searching for the rest of their family who may or may not have been taken.
Left Behind co-stars Lea Thompson (Back to the Future trilogy), Chad Michael Murray (Southland, Chosen) and Jordin Sparks (2002 American Idol winner)
This purely religious/supernatural thriller premieres in theaters worldwide October 3, 2014.
Here is a trailer of the film: