As previously reported, Ejiofor plays Pearson, whose services at Higher Dimensions Family Church in Tulsa, Okla., drew as many as 5,000 people. But he was deemed a heretic by his peers in 2004 following his decision to begin preaching the doctrine of universal salvation — based on the concept that there is no hell — as what he called “the gospel of inclusion.”
According to Variety, Rashad will portray Pearson’s wife Gina, who filed for divorce from him last year, citing “incompatibility issues.”
Joshua Marston directs a script from Marcus Hinchey, based on a 2005 “This American Life” radio episode. Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern is producing alongside Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp of “This American Life.”
Rashad previously worked with Marston on “Complete Unknown,” which he directed and co-wrote. She appeared earlier this year in George Clooney’s “Money Monster.”
Rashad has been nominated for Tony Awards for “Stick Fly” in 2012 and “The Trip To Bountiful” in 2013. She is part of the regular cast on Showtime’s “Billions,” which returns for its second season in February.
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