A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. But things weren’t going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed—or didn’t believe—as an avowed atheist. Utilising his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true.
Based on Lee Strobel’s award-winning bestselling book and starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, and Robert Forster, THE CASE FOR CHRIST opens in cinemas May 4 – A movie for anyone who has ever pondered the existence of God…and what role He could play in their lives.
Mike Vogel began acting in 2001 and has since appeared in notable films and television series including The Help, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Poseidon, Cloverfield, and Under The Dome. Mike’s career began as a contestant on the Nickelodeon TV show Guts and he then modeled for Levi’s. His first recurring role was in the TV series Grounded For Life and his first film role was in the skateboarding-themed Grind in 2003. He was in the made-for-TV remake of Wuthering Heights and the TV series Pan Am. In 2014, Mike landed the lead role in the miniseries Childhood’s End and stars in the upcoming film Wild Man.
Erika Christensen - Leslie Strobel
Award-winning actress Erika Christensen is known for her six seasons on the hit series Parenthood, for which she won a Gracie Award. A Seattle native, she launched her career in the feature film version of Leave It To Beaver. A number of TV guest roles followed, including Frasier, The Practice, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Touched by an Angel. She also starred in the Disney Channel movie Can of Worms. Her breakout role came in Traffic, the 2000 Academy Award®-winning movie. Other film roles include Swimfan, The Banger Sisters, The Perfect Score, Flightplan, How To Rob A Bank, The Tortured, Two For One, and The Muse. Erika also starred in the Hallmark Channel film Anything for Love and was in the HBO courtroom drama film Confirmation.
Faye Dunaway - Dr Roberta Waters
Throughout her career, Academy Award®-winner Faye Dunaway has starred in iconic films, including The Thomas Crown Affair and Chinatown. In 1976, she won the Oscar for her role in Network. A graduate of Boston University's School of Fine and Applied Arts, Faye launched her career on stage in the American National Theater and Academy's production of A Man for All Seasons in 1962. She found success off-Broadway in an acclaimed role in William Alfred’s Hogan's Goat, leading to film roles and her 1965 television debut in Seaway. Faye found Hollywood stardom two years later with the role of Bonnie Parker in Bonnie And Clyde. Then came her starring role with Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair. She also had major roles in Three Days Of The Condor and Mommie Dearest. In addition to her 1976 Academy Award for Best Actress, she was nominated for the Golden Globe® Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in Barfly and she won an Emmy® for a guest-starring role in the hit series Columbo. Her autobiography, Looking for Gatsby, was published in 1995.
Robert Forster - Walter Strobel
Robert Forster earned an Academy Award® nomination for the role of Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. In a career spanning five decades, he has appeared in more than 100 films. Launching his career in 1966, early films include Reflections In A Golden Eye, Medium Cool, The Stalking Moon, Alligator, Vigilante, The Black Hole, and Stunts. Then came a 13-year stint playing villains–starting with Delta Force in 1985 and ending with American Perfekt. Among his other films: Automata; Survivor; Olympus Has Fallen; The Descendants; Middle Men; Like Mike; Me, Myself & Irene; Firewall; and Diamond Men. TV series include Last Man Standing, Breaking Bad, Heroes, Karen Sisco, and Fastlane.
L. Scott Caldwell
A Tony Award-winner, L. Scott Caldwell launched her acting career in 1978 as a member of the famed Negro Ensemble Company. Just two years later, she made her bow on Broadway in the Tony-nominated play Home. She won her Tony in 1988 as Bertha Holly in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Her extensive background extends from theater into feature films and television. Film credits include Waiting To Exhale, The Net, The Fugitive, Like Dandelion Dust, and Powder Blue. Recurring television roles include Judging Amy, Lost, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Southland. Other TV roles include JAG, Chicago Hope, City of Angels, Promised Land, The Practice, ER, Nip/Tuck, L.A. Law, and The Cosby Show. Broadway credits include Proposals, A Month of Sundays and Home. She is a theater arts and communications graduate from Loyola University Chicago.
Frankie Faison - Joe Dubios
Frankie Faison’s acting career began in 1974 in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of King Lear, with James Earl Jones in the title role. Moving to television, Frankie starred in the children’s show Hot Hero Sandwich. His film career gained traction in the 1980s with roles in Manhunter, Maximum Overdrive, and Coming To America. He was also in The Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal, and Red Dragon. Other film and TV roles include True Colors, Freejack, and Maximum Overdrive. Frankie was a regular on Prey and had a starring role in The Wire. He studied drama at Illinois Wesleyan University and received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater.
Jordan Cox - Bill Hybels
Jordan Cox began acting at the age of 17. He took acting classes and attended workshops before moving to Atlanta, where he is now based. Before acting, Jordan was a professional tennis player. He began playing at age 8 years and traveled the world for junior and professional tournaments. Career highlights include making the Junior Wimbledon singles final and reaching an ATP ranking of 449. Though Jordan still enjoys playing, he is now finishing up his business degree and continuing pursuing his passion of acting.
Mike Pniewski - Kenny London
Los Angeles native Mike Pniewski has enjoyed a long and varied acting career in film and television. He debuted in an episode of the hit series Hill Street Blues in 1984 and went on to appear in well-known TV shows Coach, 21 Jump Street, ER, Murphy Brown, Law & Order franchise, and many others. He has recently been seen in Madam Secretary, Blue Bloods, and Killing Reagan.
Judd Lormand - Joe Koblinsky
Born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, Judd Lormand began acting at a young age acting in school productions and participating in debates. After becoming a professional actor, Judd earned notable roles in a number of films, including: The Hunger Games, Joyful Noise, Quarantine 2: Terminal, Pitch Perfect, and Broken City. His television credits include Memphis Beat, Common Law, and Treme.
Kevin Sizemore - Dr. Gary Habermas
Kevin Sizemore has portrayed many memorable characters on the small screen, including the Emmy®-nominated series Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462. Other shows include Notorious, NCIS, Rizzoli & Isles, Resurrection, Under The Dome and many more. On the big screen, he was in Woodlawn, Miracles From Heaven, and the Christmas film Believe, for which he also served as a producer. In addition to THE CASE FOR CHRIST, Kevin has three other films coming out in 2017, including the sci-fi thriller Domain and Mine 9. Kevin is in pre-production on a documentary about the founder of ESPN, and in post-production on two other films with his company, GKg Productions.
Jonathan M. Gunn - Director
Writer, director, and editor Jonathan M. Gunn has done it all in film and television. After working on the production staff for the hit TV series The Nanny and the film Space Jam in the 1990s, Jonathan wrote and directed his first feature film, Mercy Streets in 2000. In 2004, he co-directed the hilarious and inspiring award-winning documentary My Date With Drew, about one young man’s pursuit of his dream—a date with Drew Barrymore. Since then, he has directed Like Dandelion Dust (2009), Do You Believe? and The Week (both 2015).
Brian Bird - Screenwriter
Brian Bird has written and produced in Hollywood for more than three decades. In 2005, he partnered with Michael Landon Jr. to form Believe Pictures, producing titles such as The Last Sin Eater, Saving Sarah Cain, and Jake’s Run. He is also known for his work as the executive producer of the Hallmark Channel’s series When Calls The Heart. Brian wrote the screenplay for Not Easily Broken and television pilots for NBC and Showtime. He previously served as co-executive producer and writer on the final four seasons of the long-running TV series Touched by An Angel. His script for Sony’s Call Me Claus, starring Whoopi Goldberg, was the highest-rated cable TV film of 2002. His many credits in film, TV series production, and writing include more than 250 episodes of Touched by an Angel, Evening Shade, Step by Step, and The Family Man.
David A.R. White - Producer
David A.R. White, the most visible actor and producer in the Christian entertainment industry, was raised in a small Kansas Mennonite farming town. At age 19, he moved to Los Angeles to begin what would quickly become a successful career as an actor, writer, director, and producer. After three years co-starring with Burt Reynolds in the hit TV show Evening Shade, and in many other roles in television and film, David became a founding partner in Pure Flix, the No. 1 faith-based studio, which produces and distributes more faith-centered films than any other. David has had starring roles in 20 feature-length films, including Revelation Road, In The Blink Of An Eye, and Dancer And The Dame. David produced and starred in the UP-TV original film, Brother White, co-starring his wife, Andrea Logan White, and earning a Cable FAX Program Award nomination for best actor. David also produced and starred in God’s Not Dead, the No. 1 independent faith film of 2014, and Pure Flix’s biggest film to date. Currently, David stars in the sitcom, Hitting the Breaks, along with his wife. David also is a director on The Encounter, a new series airing exclusively on Pureflix.com.
Michael Scott - Producer
Michael Scott, CEO and co-founder of faith-film giant Pure Flix, has produced more than 25 films and hundreds of television commercials. Among his many films are the breakout hit God’s Not Dead, the No. 1 faith film of 2014 (earning more than $62 million at the box office), God’s Not Dead 2, and Do You Believe? Michael produced the long-running hit TV series Travel the Road, a groundbreaking Christian reality series following the lives of missionaries Timothy Scott and William Decker as they journey to the ends of the earth. Now airing on TBN, Daystar, INSP, Netflix, and many other outlets, Travel the Road has gained a worldwide audience.
Brittany Yost - Producer
Brittany Yost has been active in television and feature film as a producer, director, and line producer. She is a producer of God’s Not Dead 2, and Do You Believe? She co-directed the documentary Volviendo. Brittany was line producer on films such as Jerusalem Countdown and Sarah’s Choice. In front of the camera, she has appeared in Sarah’s Choice and Johnny.