A biographical drama titled “Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham” is scheduled for theatrical release on October 10, 2008. Directed by Robby Benson, the film stars Armie Hammer as Billy Graham, Martin Landau as the older Charles Templeton, Lindsay Wagner as Morrow, Kristoffer Polaha as the younger Charles Templeton, Josh Turner as singer George Beverly Shea, and Stefanie Butler as Ruth Graham. The script was provided by screen-writer and actress Jana Lyn Rutledge. The production companies behind the film are Solex Productions (London, England – solexproductions.com), American Trademark Pictures (California), 821 Entertainment Group (Tennesseee), and Momentum Releasing. Noticeably missing is Worldwide Pictures, the film production division of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, whose last theatrical release was in 2004. Filming took place during April in Tennessee.
Tim Abare Ministries (Charlotte, North Carolina – 703-631-3980) is asking church and ministry leaders to attend a special advance screening for pastors, leaders, and their spouses and to make sure the film comes to their city. Showing information is available at churchlicenses.com.
The theatrical distribution will reportedly be handled by Rocky Mountain Pictures (Salt Lake City, UT) which released “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” earlier this year and 2006’s “Color of the Cross” along with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
For more information and a preview trailer, see the official site: billytheearlyyears.com