Reports say Oprah Winfrey and Idris Elba Will Star in Film Adaptation of Christian Novel “The Shack”; Forest Whitaker Will Direct

Actors Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 18, 2014. (PHOTO: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE)
Actors Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 18, 2014. (PHOTO: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE)

Reports indicate that Idris Elba has been offered a lead role in , and  is also circling to star. The film, already making headlines with ’s attachment to direct and star, is a Christian novel by Wm. Paul Young that is a NY Times Bestseller.

The book was published in the summer of 2011 and became a surprise Christian hit, reinvigorating many middle-class faithfuls and promoting love and understanding through a renewed sense in God. The story centers on Mackenzie Allen Phillips after his youngest daughter is abducted on a family vacation. He finds evidence that she may have been brutally murdered in a shack, and after wallowing in depression for nearly four years, receives a note to return to the shack and face his demons. What he finds there ends up changing him forever, as he has some kind of mysterious meeting with God.

As a religious film it will definitely be controversial, and with such big-name talent it is sure to get huge press. All the actors so far mentioned are huge celebrities, and depending on how well the film is made, it may even become Oscar bait.

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