In what has to be a very strange career choice, Nicolas Cage will next star in the faith-based movie “Left Behind.” With the current popularity of faith-based films, and “Left Behind” being one of the most popular faith-based book series in Christian literature, it should provide Cage with his best box office success in a long time. However, it also might not be a film that Cage’s fans might expect.
Here is everything fans need to know about the upcoming “Left Behind” movie.
Written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, “Left Behind” is a series of 16 best-selling novels that takes place after the rapture detailed in the Bible in the Book of Revelations. The story starts with all believers and Christians disappearing from the earth, leaving behind only the non-believers. While the world tries to deal with the loss of a majority of the population, and the chaos that follows, the Antichrist rises to power as the secretary-general of the United Nations. The heroes of the story then have to band together as the Tribulation Force to try and save the people left behind, while preparing for the return of God and the final judgment of humanity.
This is an actual rebooting of the “Left Behind” movie property, as the original movie was released in 2005 starring former television star Kirk Cameron as a television journalist who becomes part of the Tribulation Force in their attempts to help save the world. In the first “Left Behind: The Movie,” which is possibly what is being remade here, all Christians disappear from the earth and a band of survivor’s band together, realizing what happened, and set out to figure out how to save the world.
There are three movies in the original “Left Behind” series, with the second taking place one week after the Rapture and shows the Tribunal Force officially set up to do God’s work. The third movie, titled “Left Behind: World at War” starts 18 months after the conclusion of the second movie and sees the oncoming World War III.
Recent surge in Faith based movies
While the original “Left Behind” movies were clearly made for a niche audience of Christian movie goers, the Nic Cage version is a mainstream attempt at telling the story. It is coming at a good time as well. Four faith based movies this year alone have hit the Top 10 at the box office, with “Noah” the biggest hit. However, even smaller movies like “Heaven is for Real” stuck around the Top 10 for multiple weeks, proving that faith based movies are here to stay. With a big budget movie, based on the most popular Christian book series, arriving, there is a good chance “Left Behind” could be the next huge faith-based movie hit.