Recently, pastors, politicians and celebrities joined more than 500 people and groups from more than 10 countries to see David take on Goliath in a Christian movie shot in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and London.
“I was so blessed seeing this film,” said Jimmy Delshad, Mayor of Beverly Hills. Mayor Delshad reportedly echoed the sentiments of the vast majority of people who attended.
“I thought Tim Chey (the director) did a stunning and remarkable job,” said Pastor Mike Lewis outside the packed theater at Fox Studios. “A lot of people in my section were crying—very moving and, I add, very God-honoring film.”
“Amazing and awesome film on crazy faith,” said Joel Rodrigo. “I can’t wait to watch the film again. Huge blessing seeing this.”
The film stars Miles Sloman, who plays David. Reportedly, over 4,000 actors submitted their names to play the role. Other actors in “David and Goliath” include Richard Summers-Calvert, Makenna Guyer, Paul Hughes, Simon Davies, Joseph Emms, and Jerry Sokolosky, who plays Goliath. Sokolosky is one of the tallest men in the world at 7’8”.
“Jerry was a tremendous blessing,” says the director Tim Chey. “We didn’t want to create a CGI imitation like ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and so our casting directors set out to find the biggest guy and he’s very big.”
The casting team scoured the planet until they discovered the Canadian actor in Toronto. “They flew Jerry to North Africa just to meet with the director and producers,” says Michelle Albright, the U.S. Casting Associate. “While there, they decided to cast Jerry and the rest is history.”
“Goliath stood at nine feet,” adds Chey. “So Jerry is only about a foot and four inches shorter than the real thing. He adds an incredible, realistic dimension.”
Sloman and other cast members flew from London to be at the premiere.
The film wrapped principal photography in North Africa and in studios in London.
“David and Goliath” looks at one of the most powerful and beloved Bible stories of all time. The film focuses on the early life of David who fought against the Philistine giant, Goliath against all odds.
Audiences for faith-based films are growing at a record pace according to reports.
“David and Goliath” is set for an early-2015 nationwide theater release. The film team is currently raising $10 million in P&A (prints and advertising) to be on 1,000 screens.
Timothy A. Chey also produced another epic film, “Freedom” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and William Sadler that recently opened in Australian theaters and will soon come to the U.S. (January 2015). He also directed “Epic Journey” that took him to 29 countries and was submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for most countries traveled for a feature film.
See our later article on this film: “David and Goliath” Opens in Theaters